Bust of George IV
Designer / Maker
Designed and manufactured by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (various partnerships, 1788-1842)
36.5 cm high
English (London), 1821
Signed and inscribed
‘RUNDELL BRIDGE ET RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI’ at the back of the bust, and inscribed ‘GEORGIUS IV D.G. BRITT. REX PATER PATRIAE’ on the front of the pedestal. The Royal Coat of Arms sits under the bust, and on the back of the pedestal
The classically draped bust of George IV was modelled (probably after a marble) by Francis Chantrey (1781-1841), who also designed independently for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.
Among other ormolu representations of George IV by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell are identical busts on pedestals, dated 1821, for example one at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. There is a large equestrian group (private collection), and a standing figure on pedestal, dated 1822, formerly in the collection of George IV’s mistress Elizabeth, Marchioness of Conyngham (1768-1860), sold Christie’s, London, 19 November 1992, lot 114.
A bust on a gothic pedestal that might tentatively be associated with either A.C. Pugin (1762-1832), or his son A.W.N. Pugin (1812-52), is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.