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Nollekens, Joseph

(nŏl`ĭkənz), 1737–1823, English sculptor, b. London. He studied in Rome and in 1770 returned to London, where he became the most fashionable portrait sculptor of his day. Among his famous busts are those of George III, the younger Pitt, Charles James Fox (1792, private coll.), Laurence Sterne (1766, National Portrait Gall., London), and Benjamin West. His numerous statues and groups in marble include Cupid and Psyche and Bacchus.
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Almost 50 years later Roubiliac's bust was again reproduced, this time by Joseph Nollekens. Here the image was paired with a version of Nollekens' bust of Laurence Sterne, so bringing together his own most highly acclaimed portrait with one of Roubiliac's most celebrated images, while at the same time linking the country's leading modern poet with its most admired novelist.
Lemuel Francis Abbott shows Joseph Nollekens with his hand leaning on a sculpted head, while Frederic Leighton's self portrait shows him beside the Parthenon frieze.
One can also wonder whether Audran's report of the different sets of measurements in existence explains the personal tone of some of the claims made on some drawings of statues: the eighteenth-century English artist Joseph Nollekens, for instance, on the back of his measured drawings vouches for their accuracy:
That no doubt of the authenticity of accuracy of these measurements may be hereafter entertained, I now certify that they were with the most scrupulous attention taken by me on the real statue of the Venus dei Medici at Florence in June 1770, and signed Joseph Nollekens. (14)
The English sculptor, Joseph Nollekens, was summoned to take a death mask soon afterwards and from this made 15 busts, with the chest and shoulders modelled later from a Chelsea Pensioner who walked with two wooden legs and a crutch.
Works by the finest masters of the English school--the foreigners John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1770), Louis-Francois Roubiliac (1702/5-62) and perhaps Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823)-are highly sought after, especially if they are in good condition, original and unusual.
2) derives from a marble bust carved, about1761, by Joseph Nollekens; stone translated into flesh, an irony that could not be more apposite for its subject matter.
(9) The restorer-sculptors included the celebrated Bartolomeo Cavaceppi as well as Vincenzo Pacetti, Lorenzo Cardelli, Francesco Franzoni, Antoine-Guillaume Grandjacquet and the Englishman Joseph Nollekens; the principal dealers included Gavin Hamilton, Thomas Jenkins and James Byers.