J.T.Smith, Nollekens and his Times, 1828.
Smith records a bust of "Mr Bateman Dashwood" in its list of Nollekens' Principal Performances. Rupert Gunnis does not list the bust as one he was familiar with in his Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851.
Joseph Nollekens, R.A. (1737-1823) sculpted many of the prominent personages of his time, gaining a high reputation for his work. It was whilst studying in Rome and producing works after the Antique for Grand Tourists that he received his first commissions to sculpt portrait busts, (David Garrick, Laurence Sterne and Giovanni Battista Piranesi). He returned to England in 1770 and was elected A.R.A. the following year, and R.A. in 1772, exhibiting there almost every year until 1816. Although Nollekens based his sculptural style on the Antique, his fame rested principally on his portrait busts, the one in this lot being one of those produced in his later life when he created a more generalised and recognisably Neo-classical finished look.
Samuel Bateman Dashwood. The Dashwoods of Well Vale were descended from Sir Samuel Dashwood who was Lord Mayor of London in 1702. They married into the Bateman family some time later and sold Well Vale, a Lincolnshire estate, in 1836.