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Joseph Nollekens, 1737–1823
Charlotte, fourth Duchess of Richmond (1768-1842)
Former Title(s):
Charlotte, 4th Duchess of Richmond (1768-1842)
Materials & Techniques:
Overall: 25 x 15 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (63.5 x 39.4 x 24.1 cm)

Signed and dated by chisel on supporting column on back of bust: "Nollekens Ft. | 1812."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
portrait | woman
Associated People:
Lennox, Charlotte, 4th Duchess of Richmond (1768–1842)
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Charlotte, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox (1768-1842), was the daughter of the 4th Duke of Gordon, and married her husband, the future fourth Duke of Richmond, in 1789. They had seven sons and seven daughters. The duke was a popular officer in the British army regiment called the Coldstream Guards, and in 1814 assumed the rank of general. The following year, in their large rented town house in Brussels, the duke and duchess gave the famous ball from which the Duke of Wellington was called away to face Napoleon at Waterloo. This bust was carved when the duke held the traditionally troublesome post of lord lieutenant of Ireland. The Duchess of Richmond was said to be "excessively proud, and disdainful of persons of inferior rank," though she liked to gamble recklessly.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Ingrid Roscoe, A biographical dictionary of sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2009, p. 909, no. 308, NB496 B56 2009 (YCBA) (Wall Shelf 3) Yale electronic resource also available online: Orbis [YCBA]

Sotheby's Sale Catalogue : Catalogue of Two Highly Important Romanesque Enamel Plaques, Gothic Ivories, Renaissance Bronzes and Wood Carvings : 2 July, 1973, Sotheby's, London, July 2, 1973, p. 56, lot 138, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

Angus Trumble, The Marble Bust, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2004, no. 10, V 1304 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellis Waterhouse, Sculpture from the Paul Mellon Collection at the British Art Center at Yale, Burlington Magazine, vol. 119, May 1977, p. 351, fig. 57, N1 +B87 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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