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Statue - Lord William George Frederic Cavendish Bentinck (1802-1848)

Lord William George Frederic Cavendish Bentinck (1802-1848)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1853 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Behnes, William (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statue representing Sir Robert Peel is made by William Behnes in England in ca. 1852-5. Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850) was Prime Minister between 1834 - 1835 and 1841-1846.

William Behnes (b. 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.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1853 (made)


Behnes, William (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 99 cm

Object history note

On loan from the sculptor, William Behnes from a date prior to 1870, this is probably one of the four 'Plaster busts, &c' described in 1870 as lent by 'the late W. Behnes, Esq'. As a redundant loan the present piece was formally accessioned by the Sculpture Department in 2000.

Descriptive line

Statue, plaster, 'Lord William George Frederic Cavendish Bentinck (1802-1848)', by William Behnes, England, ca. 1853

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. 275




Sculpture; Politics


Sculpture Collection

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