The marble bust, for which this is the plaster, still exists at Corsham Court, Wiltshire.
GEORGE GAMMON ADAMS
Attended the Royal Academy Schools in 1840 on the recomendation of William Wyon, chief engraver to the Royal Mint, studying there both as a sculptor and medallist. Amongst his numerous commissions Adams was the artist chosen to take the death-mask of the Duke of Wellington in 1852. From this mask he produced a bust of the Duke which was described by the second Duke as to be ''...considered by myself and those gentlemen he knew him best, as well as by his servants, as the best by far that has appeared, and we are obliged to you for thus making a likeness which hereafter will be considered authentic.''