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Rt. Hon. William Pitt (1759-1806): M.1-1854

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Current Location: In storage


Rt. Hon. William Pitt (1759-1806)


Sculptor: Nollekens, Joseph




Plaster maquette, cast, probably after the reduced-scale competition model submitted by Nollekens to the Pitt Monument Committee in 1807.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Jane Hayles

Measurements and weight

Depth: 17.0 cm
Height: 50.0 cm
Width: 18.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1854-03-24) by Hayles, Jane


19th Century, Early#
George III (Regency)
Production date: before AD 1812


Nollekens was one of five sculptors invited to submit a model for a commemorative portrait statue of Pitt by the University of Cambridge for the Senate House in 1807. John Bacon the Younger, John Flaxman, George Garrard and Richard Westmacott the Elder were the other sculptors. The prestigious commission was awarded to Nollekens, for which he was paid 3,000 guineas. The statue was erected in the Senate House in July 1812. Nollekens charged a further £1,000 for the statue’s pedestal.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Plaster, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1854
Primary reference Number: 29253
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1854
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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