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Bust - Philip Rundell (1743-1827)
  • Philip Rundell (1743-1827)
    Nicholl, William Grinsell, born 1796 - died 1871
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Philip Rundell (1743-1827)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1827 (carving)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nicholl, William Grinsell, born 1796 - died 1871 (sculptors)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 66, The Whiteley Galleries, case STAIRS

Philip Rundell (1743-1827) was a prominent figure in the silver trade in the 19th century; on his death he was said to be 'the wealthiest tradesman in the Kingdom'. Purchased jointly by the Departments of Sculpture and Metalwork, this bust is displayed in the Museum's newly refurbished Silver Galleries. It is probably a posthumous portrait.

The sculptor of the present piece, William Grinsell Nicholl (1796-1971) is chiefly known for his architectural work, including the frieze and pediment for the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the pediment for St George's Hall, Liverpool. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1822-1861.

Physical description

Then sitter is shown facing frontally wearing simple drapery in the classical style. The front is inscribed and the side signed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1827 (carving)


Nicholl, William Grinsell, born 1796 - died 1871 (sculptors)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

inscribed on front

signed on the side


Height: 53.5 cm

Object history note

Commissioned by Joseph Neeld of Grittelton (the sitter's nephew); given to Drapers' Hall, London by Neeld in 1827; sold at Sotheby's 1995, for £2,823.

Descriptive line

Bust, marble, of Philip Rundell, by William Grinsell Nicholl, England, ca. 1827

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. 344, cat. no. 518
Gunnis, R., Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, London, 1952, pp. 271-2


Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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