Saturday, 15 October 2016

Miniature Lead Equestrian Statue of George II by John van Nost III Dublin Castle More Photographs

Miniature Lead, Equestrian Statue of George II.
by John van Nost III.
Dublin Castle.
 Photographs - second series.
Formerly in the Collection of Dublin Civic Museum,  this museum no longer in existence
Donated to the CLD by Friends of The National Collections of Ireland.
Peter Hone remembers the statuette illustrated here being found at an Antique fair in Ireland. 
The miniature of the Bronze, Equestrian statue set up on St Stephens Green, Dublin in 1758.
Photographs by the Author taken 5 October 2016.
Once again I am indebted to The Irish Aesthete, and William Derham and Joanne Bannon of Dublin Castle.
In Protestant Dublin 1660 - 1760 Architecture and Iconography - by Robin Usher he mentions a miniature equestrian statue of the St Stephens Green George II which was given to the (Royal) Dublin Society by Patrick Cunningham the pupil of van Nost from 1750, noted by John Turpin School of Art in Dublin ..... but it is not yet clear to me whether the statuette was by van Nost or Cunningham.
This statuette is no longer with the RDS which begs the question "is this the missing statuette?"
The National Portrait Gallery website describes an Equestrian statuette of George II by van Nost owned by the late Sir James Mann as a miniature version of the statue on St Stephens Green. It was exhibited in an Exhibition entitled Kings and Queens at the Royal Academy in 1953.
It seems unlikely tho' not impossible that this is the one belonging to Sir James Mann.

High resolution images right click to open.


The Equestrian Portrait of George II by Joseph Highmore
This portrait is so similar to the statuette by van Nost that it cannot be a coincidence.
I leave the viewer to make up their own mind which came first.
The Van Nost II equestrian statue of George I originally on the the Essex Bridge, Dublin.
This statue spent a considerable tine in the workshop of John van Nost III at Aungier Street, Dublin before being set up in the grounds of the mansion house in Dublin in 1797.
One has to say that the detail is so close in the equestrian statues of  the Dublin Essex Bridge George I and the St Stephen's Green George II in particular the saddle and saddle cloth and the armour  that van Nost III must basically have either taken a cast from the original of George I and made a copy of this statue whilst it was in his yard, changing a few details and replacing the head, or perhaps used the original model which might have remained in a workshop in 
For a reasonably detailed of this statue and its history analysis see my post -

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