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Creator:
Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1781–1841, British
Title:

William Howley, Bishop of London (1766-1848)

Date:
1821
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
23 × 13 1/2 × 10 1/2 inches, 145 lb. (58.4 × 34.3 × 26.7 cm, 65.8 kg)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Chiseled on back of bust: "WILLIAM. HOWLEY. | BISHOP OF LONDON. | -- |"

Signed and dated by chisel on back of bust: "CHANTREY. SC. | 1821."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.4
Classification:
Sculptures
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
archbishop | bishop (prelate) | man | portrait | religion
Associated People:
Howley, William (1766–1848), archbishop of Canterbury
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1451
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A High Church Anglican, William Howley was a vigorous opponent of the two most important political causes of the day: Catholic Emancipation (1829) and the Great Reform Act (1832). He held the Regius Professorship in Divinity at Oxford University from 1809 before being appointed Bishop of London in 1813. His intervention in George IV’s messy divorce proceedings in 1820 earned him public criticism when he asserted the principle that the king could do no wrong either morally or physically (a manifest absurdity in this particular case). Such views did no harm to his clerical career, however, and in 1828 he was installed as Archbishop of Canterbury. Among Howley’s lesser distinctions is his claim to be the last archbishop to wear a wig, though in Chantrey’s bust the sculptor dispenses with ecclesiastical formality to show the bishop in classical style with fashionably close-cropped hair.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Ellis Waterhouse, Sculpture from the Paul Mellon Collection at the British Art Center at Yale, Burlington Magazine, vol. 119, May 1977, p. 352, fig. 58, N1 +B87 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]


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