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Joseph Wilton RA, 1722–1803

Thomas Dawson, first Baron Dartrey (Later first Viscount Cremorne)

Former Title(s):

Thomas Dawson, 1st Baron Dartrey (Later 1st Viscount Cremorne)

A bust of a nobleman; in marble. [1772, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

ca. 1771
Carrara marble on an original oval socle
Overall: 21 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, 110 lb. (54.6 x 41.9 x 24.1 cm, 49.9 kg)

Chiseled on the reverse above socle, proper right, and with traces of black pigment: "J. Wilton Sculpt."

Chiselled within a circular band around an armorial cartouche on the front of the socle, surmounted with a Baron’s coronet: "THOMAS LORD DARTREY".

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
banyan | gaze | grief | landowner | lord lieutenant | man | portrait | sorrow
Associated People:
Dawson, Thomas, 1st Baron Dartrey (later 1st Viscount Cremorne), 1725-1813
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Thomas Dawson was an Anglo-Irish landowner with close ties to the court of George III. His first wife, Anne, died young in 1769 and the grieving Dawson commissioned Joseph Wilton to make a monument in her memory for his estate in County Monaghan. Wilton, Sculptor in Ordinary to George III, made this bust from the statue of Dawson in the monument. The face combines sorrow and resignation and speaks of the sitter’s virtuous patience in the face of death.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Entrance Court 2003-4 (Yale Center for British Art, 2003-03-01 - 2004-09-07) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

A series of letters between Mrs. Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. : To which are added, letters from Mrs. Elizabeth Carter to Mrs. Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787; published from the original manuscript in the possession of the Rev. Montagu Pennington, M.A. ... in four volumes., F. C. and J. Rivington, London, v. 3, pp. 366-368, 1984 249 (BEINECKE) [ORBIS]

Jean Coutu, Joseph Wilton, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, Available online: DNB [ORBIS]

Martina Droth, Britain in the world: Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art in honor of Amy Meyers, Yale University Press, New Haven, London, p. 65, p. 67 (detail), N6761 .Y33 2019 (LC) (YCBA) [YCBA]

Edward Duffy, Rousseau in England : the context for Shelley's critique of the Enlightenment, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, p. 29, PQ2042.5 D8 (SML) [ORBIS]

Georgian Monuments in Irish Churches, Country Life, v. 134, November 7, 1963, pp. 1174-1176, fig. 2, Uzfe60 C83+ (LSF - Mudd) not available at YCBA [ORBIS]

Amy Meyers, Modesty and Munificence, Apollo, v. 165, no. 542, April 2007, p. 28, N1 A54 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Homan Potterton, Irish church monuments, 1570-1880, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Belfast, 1975, pp. 64-65, 87-88, figs. 53-54, NB1880 I7 P67 + (LSF) not available at YCBA [ORBIS]

Ingrid Roscoe, A biographical dictionary of sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2009, p. 1392, no. 121, NB496 B56 2009 (YCBA) (Wall Shelf 3) Yale electronic resource also available online: Orbis [YCBA]

John Thomas Smith, Nollekens and His Times, vol. 2, H. Colburn, London, p. 174, NB497 N8 S7 1828 (YCBA) [YCBA]

The silent rhetoric of the body : a history of the monument and commemorative art in England, 1720-1770, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, p. 185, NB1803.G7 C73 2007 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Angus Trumble, The Marble Bust, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2004, no. 15, V 1304 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Giles Waterfield, Mr. Mellon, RA : the magazine for the Friends of the Royal Academy, No. 96, Autumn 2007, pp. 69, 71, V 1905 (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. 56, N1 +B87 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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