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Bust - William Augustus Hanover, Duke of Cumberland
  • William Augustus Hanover, Duke of Cumberland
    van der Hagen, Gaspar
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William Augustus Hanover, Duke of Cumberland

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (Netherlandish, produced in Britain, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1767 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    van der Hagen, Gaspar (artist)
    Rysbrack, John Michael (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 8

This is an ivory bust of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, made by Gaspar van der Hagen in ca. 1767. It is almost certainly the ivory bust exhibited by the sculptor at the Free Society of Artist in 1767. The entry in the Catalogue reads '271. Mr Vander Hagen, at Mr Rysbrack's in Vere Street, Oxford Road. A bust of his Royal Highness the late Duke of Cumberland, in Ivory.'
The Duke of Cumberland was a military leader and second surviving son of King George II of England. The ivory is likely to be a commemorative posthumous portrait of the duke, and is a reduced version of an earlier work by Rysbrack.

Physical description

Nearly full face wearing his own hair curled at the sides and tied in a queue. He wears the Order of the Garter and a fur lined mantle draped over armour.

Place of Origin

Britain (Netherlandish, produced in Britain, made)


ca. 1767 (made)


van der Hagen, Gaspar (artist)
Rysbrack, John Michael (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory


Height: 14.8 cm ivory alone, Height: 21.5 cm whole

Object history note

Purchased in London from Mr A. Spero for £50 in 1937.

Descriptive line

Bust, ivory, of William Augustus Hanover, Duke of Cumberland, by Gaspar van der Hagen, after John Michael Rysbrack, Netherlandish, produced in Britain, ca. 1767

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

Theuerkauff, C. Elfenbein: Sammlung Peiner Winkler. Munich, 1984, pp. 105-7, cat. no. 55
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 133
Roscoe, I., with Sullivan, M.G. and Hardy, E., A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660 to 1851, New Haven, 2009, p. 1301

Production Note

After a marble bust by John Michael Rysbrack.






Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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