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Bust - George III
  • George III
    Nost, John van II, born 1713 - died 1780
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George III

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1767 (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nost, John van II, born 1713 - died 1780 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at the British Museum

This marble portrait of King George III (reigned 1760-1820) is signed and dated on the back 'From the Life / by / Jan Nost Sculp / 1767'. John Nost the Younger (1713-1780), who was born into the van Ost (van Nost) family of sculptors, was trained in London by Henry Scheemakers (1670-1748). He travelled to Dublin in 1749, and spent much of his subsequent working life in Ireland. He executed a number of portrait busts and public monuments, including a statue of George III for Dublin City Hall. His bust of the famous actor-manager David Garrick (1717-1779) was apparently reproduced in many copies. Following the death of Garrick's widow, Eva, in 1822, the contents of the couple's country villa and their apartment in the Thames-side Adelphi, London, was sold at auction in the capital in 1823. Intriguingly, the sale included a bust described as 'V. Nost, 1764. An early bust of his late Majesty, George III'.

Physical description

The subject looks to his half left. He wears a wig, with tresses which fall over his shoulders and are tied with a ribbon at the nape of the neck. His fur lined cloak is tied with a cord above his left breast. The garter star and sash are partly visible below. He wears a stock; and the embroidered edge of his coat is visible above the cloak.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1767 (carved)


Nost, John van II, born 1713 - died 1780 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'From the Life / by / Jan Nost Sculp / 1767'
at the back


Height: 66 cm

Object history note

Included in the Sotheby's sale, 25 January 1957, lot 50, the property of the late Darcy Edmund Taylor Esq. Bought for £140 from Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd, who bid on the Museum's behalf at a Sotheby's sale, and secured the bust for the stated price.

Descriptive line

Bust, marble, King George III, by John Nost III (the Younger), Britain, 1767

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. 108, cat. no. 148
The Age of Rococo: ‘Art and Culture of the Eighteenth Century’, exh. cat, translated by Dr M.D. Senft-Howie and B. Sewell, Council of Europe, Residenzmuseum, Munich, 1958, cat. no. 482

Snodin, Michael and Styles, J., Design and the Decorative Arts: Britain 1500-1900, London, 2001, fig. 9 on p. 161



Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Portraits; Royalty


Sculpture Collection

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