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Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) was a sculptor from London generally considered to be the finest British sculptor of the late 18th century. He was also a founder member of the Royal Academy in 1768.

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Castor and Pollux; copy of an
antique statue by Joseph Nollekens,
Victoria and Albert Museum.

He studied first under Peter Scheemakers before studying and working as an antiques dealer, restorer and copier in Rome from 1759 to 1770. Returning to England he became one of the most fashionable portrait sculptors in the country.


Nollekens enjoyed the patronage of George III and went on to sculpt a number of British political figures, including George III himself, William Pitt the Younger, Charles James Fox, and Charles Watson-Wentworth. He also made busts of a number of figures from the arts such as Laurence Sterne and Benjamin West. Additionally, he made a large number of tombs.


Nollekens died in London, having made a fortune from his work. A notorious miser, he left around 200,000 in his will.


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Joseph Nollekens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (177 words)
Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) was a sculptor from London generally considered to be the finest British sculptor of the late 18th century.
Nollekens enjoyed the patronage of George III and went on to sculpt a number of British political figures, including George III himself, William Pitt the Younger, Charles James Fox, and Charles Watson-Wentworth.
Nollekens died in London, having made a fortune from his work.
AllRefer.com - Joseph Nollekens (European Art, 1600 To The Present, Biography) - Encyclopedia (209 words)
Joseph Nollekens, European Art, 1600 To The Present, Biographies
Joseph Nollekens[nol´ikunz] Pronunciation Key, 1737–1823, English sculptor, b.
He studied in Rome and in 1770 returned to London, where he became the most fashionable portrait sculptor of his day.
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