George II porcelain bust and socle, height 17 3/4 ins with incised 3 on the socle. Dudley Delevingne Collection.
This bust is regarded by us as part of a post-Culloden commission of 12 busts, possibly by Sir Henry Fox or the Duke of Richmond, and dates to mid 1746. Seven busts of this commission have been located suggesting an attrition rate of some 40%. The bust was initially analysed by Reginald Milton in 1962 and has been reanalysed by Daniels, Ramsay and Ramsay (2013).
Our analysis demonstrates that this bust is of the Mg-Pb type comprising crushed silica, soapstone, a lead frit, and possibly a small component of lime-alkali bottle glass. Our analysis in no way conforms with that provided by Reginald Milton for Dudley Delevingne. Image courtesy of C. Daniels.