A Marble Bust of George III
The bust was shipped to Montreal in 1766, a few months after a major fire had razed much of the city's business core. It arrived together with two fire pumps and a 8500 pounds sterling relief contribution raised through a campaign organized by Jonas Hanway, a London merchant and philanthropist (1712-1796) .
The monument, a symbol of the might of the British Empire, had a short but tumultuous life. In the spring of 1775, as the Quebec Act came into effect, British citizens, angered by the new privileges granted to French Canadians, vandalized the bust.
© McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada.
This marble portrait of King George III (reigned 1760-1820) John Nost the Younger was born into the van Ost (van Nost) family of sculptors, was trained in London by Henry Scheemakers (1670 -1748).
by Charles Spooner, after Jeremiah Meyer
mezzotint, circa 1760-1767.