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Bust - Sir Thomas Gasgoine, 8th Baronet of Parlington (1745-1810)
  • Sir Thomas Gasgoine, 8th Baronet of Parlington (1745-1810)
    Hewetson, Christopher
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Sir Thomas Gasgoine, 8th Baronet of Parlington (1745-1810)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    1778 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hewetson, Christopher (sculptor)
    Valadier, Luigi I, born 1726 - died 1785 (caster)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by John H. J. Lewis

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 24, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case P2

Sir Thomas Gascoigne (1745–1810) was a cultivated Yorkshire landowner who supported the cause of American Independence. He is shown bare-chested in the antique manner. The bust was made in Rome by the Irish sculptor, Christopher Hewetson in 1778.

Hewetson (B. Kilkenny with birth date unclear; d. Rome 1798). He worked in Dublin before moving to Rome to live and work in 1765, where he remained for the rest of his life. He specialised in portrait busts of British visitors on the Grand Tour and established himself as one of the prominent British sculptors working in Rome at that time.
Another version of this bust, probably cast by Valadier in Rome at the same time for Sir Thomas Gascoigne’s friends Mr and Mrs Swinburne, is now at Lotherton Hall, near Leeds in Yorkshire.

Physical description

The head and shoulders of the sitter are shown unclothed, the head turned slightly to his left. He is a plump, balding man in middle age. Fixed on a marble socle.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


1778 (made)


Hewetson, Christopher (sculptor)
Valadier, Luigi I, born 1726 - died 1785 (caster)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 51 cm excluding socle

Object history note

Given by John H.J. Lewis in 1986.

Descriptive line

Bust, bronze, of Sir Thomas Gasgoine, 8th Baronet of Parlington, by Christopher Hewetson (Irish), cast by Luigi Valadier (Italian), Rome, 1778

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

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, p. 92, cat. no. 125
Penny, Nicholas, ‘Lord Rockingham’s Sculpture Collection and the Judgement of Paris by Nollekens’, in: The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, Vol. 19, 1991, p. 19, p. 34 n. 97
Williamson, Paul, “Acquisition of Sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986-1991”, in: Burlington Magazine, Dec. 1991, p. 876




Bronze; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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