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Lord William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 - ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Behnes, William (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted plaster

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painted plaster statue represents Lord William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck (1802-1848), who was a Politician and sportsman and is possibly made by William Behnes.
Behnes (1794/5-1864) was the son of a Hanoverian pianoforte maker living in London. Behnes commenced studies at the Royal Academy. He probably began work as an independent sculptor around 1819. He was very successful and well respected for the execution of his busts. Behnes exhibited constantly at the Royal Academy between 1815 and 1863, but died almost destitute, having been declared bankrupt in 1861.

Physical description

A fragmenary statue; the bottom half of the model is missing.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 - ca. 1855 (made)


Behnes, William (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Painted plaster


Height: 91 cm greatest

Object history note

There is no information available on the provenance of the present piece, which until 2000 was recorded as an unregistered object in the Museum. It may have been on of the four 'Plaster busts, &c' described as lent by 'the late W. Behnes Esq' to the Museum prior to 1870.

Descriptive line

Bust, painted plaster, of Lord William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck, possibly by William Behnes, England, ca. 1850-1855

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 193, cat.no. 274


Plaster; Paint


Sculpture; Politics


Sculpture Collection

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