Biography of Joseph Nollekens 1737-1823

Joseph Nollekens 1737-1823 is in Sculptors.

On 11 Aug 1737 Joseph Nollekens was born in 28 Dean Street.

From 1760 Joseph Nollekens (age 22) studied under Peter Scheemakers (age 69) in Rome.

On 17 Sep 1766 Lieutenant-General Bennett Noel (age 51) died. He was buried at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton, Rutlandshire [Map]. After 07 Apr 1784 Elizabeth Adams (age 69) was buried with her husband.

Monument sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 29).

Lieutenant-General Bennett Noel: Lieutenant-General Bennett Noel and Elizabeth Adams were married. In 1715 he was born to John Noel (age 55) and Elizabeth Sherard (age 36).

Elizabeth Adams: Around 1715 she was born to Robert Adams (age 41). In 1736 Robert Adams (age 62) died. His estate, reputedly worth £100,000 was divided between his two daughters Margaretta Anna Adams and Elizabeth Adams (age 21). On 07 Apr 1784 Elizabeth Adams (age 69) died.

After 1769. Monument [Map] to Henrietta Somerset Lady Williams-Wynn (age 20) sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 31).

She, Henrietta, died in 1769 fifteen weeks after she was married of unknown causes.

Henrietta Somerset Lady Williams-Wynn: On 26 Apr 1748 she was born to Charles Noel Somerset 4th Duke Beaufort (age 38) and Elizabeth Berekeley Duchess Beaufort (age 35). On 26 Sep 1749 Watkin Williams-Wynn 3rd Baronet (age 57) died. His son Watkin Williams-Wynn 4th Baronet succeeded 4th Baronet Williams of Gray's Inn. Henrietta Somerset Lady Williams-Wynn (age 1) by marriage Lady Williams of Gray's Inn. On 13 Apr 1769 Watkin Williams-Wynn 4th Baronet (age 19) and Henrietta Somerset Lady Williams-Wynn (age 20) were married. She died fifteen weeks later. She the daughter of Charles Noel Somerset 4th Duke Beaufort and Elizabeth Berekeley Duchess Beaufort (age 56). He a great x 5 grandson of King Henry VII of England and Ireland. On 25 Jul 1769 Henrietta Somerset Lady Williams-Wynn (age 21) died fifteen weeks after she married of unknown causes.


In 1770 Joseph Nollekens (age 32) set up as a maker of busts and. Monuments in 9 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia.

After 30 Mar 1775. Monument to William Irby 1st Baron Boston (deceased) at St Nicholas Church, Whiston [Map] sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 37).

William Irby 1st Baron Boston: On 08 Mar 1707 he was born to Edward Irby 1st Baronet (age 30). On 11 Nov 1718 Edward Irby 1st Baronet (age 42) died intestate at Kings Cliffe. His son William Irby 1st Baron Boston (age 11) succeeded 2nd Baronet Irby of Whaplode and Boston. On 26 Aug 1746 William Irby 1st Baron Boston (age 39) and Albania Selwyn Baroness Boston (age 27) were married. In 1761 William Irby 1st Baron Boston (age 53) was created 1st Baron Boston. Albania Selwyn Baroness Boston (age 42) by marriage Baroness Boston. On 30 Mar 1775 William Irby 1st Baron Boston (age 68) died. His son Frederick Irby 2nd Baron Boston (age 25) succeeded 2nd Baron Boston, 3rd Baronet Irby of Whaplode and Boston.

In 1777 Joseph Nollekens (age 39) and Mary Welch (age 34) were married.


On 25 Apr 1785 Charles Tynte 5th Baronet (age 74) died. Baronet Tynte of Halswell in Somerset extinct. He was buried on 08 Sep 1785 at the Church of St Edward King and Martyr, Goathurst [Map] where he has amonument by Joseph Nollekens (age 47). His estates were inherired by his niece Jane Hassell, daughter of his sister Jane Tynte, who had married Colonel John Johnson aka Kemeys-Tynte who changed his name from Johnson to Kemeys-Tynte.

1787. Monument in Church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton, Rutlandshire [Map] to Baptist Noel 4th Earl Gainsborough and Elizabeth Chapman Countess Gainsborough sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 49) in 1787. A reclining female figure with a cornucopia, on a sarcophagus backed by an obelisk with medallions and putti.

Elizabeth Chapman Countess Gainsborough: In 1708 she was born. In 1728 Baptist Noel 4th Earl Gainsborough (age 20) and Elizabeth Chapman Countess Gainsborough (age 20) were married. She by marriage Countess Gainsborough. He the son of Baptist Noel 3rd Earl Gainsborough and Dorothy Manners Countess Gainsborough (age 38). After 21 Mar 1751 Thomas Noel (age 46) and Elizabeth Chapman Countess Gainsborough (age 43) were married. On 13 Nov 1771 Elizabeth Chapman Countess Gainsborough (age 63) died.

Putti with torch held downwards, extinguished, indicating the end of life.

Sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 49).


PAINTINGS/NOLLEKENS/Design_Mary_Cuntess_Talbot.jpg1787. Joseph Nollekens (age 49). Design for monument to Mary Cardonnel Countess Talbot (age 68) at St Mary Church, Great Barrington.

In 1788 Peter Rouw (age 16) was admitted to the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited there until 1838. He a friend of Joseph Nollekens (age 50).

On 09 Sep 1789 Maria Archer (age 21) died in childbirth at Corby Castle [Map]. Monument in Holy Trinity Church, Wetheral, Cumberland [Map] sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 52) costing £1500. He regarded it as his finest work; entitled Faith. When Nollekens realized that his work was destined for so remote a part of the Kingdom it is said that he burst into tears as he felt so few people would see it. This work is represented on the Nollekens Monument in Paddington Parish Church by William Behnes. On seeing the sculpture Wordsworth wrote "XXXIX Monument Of Mrs Howard By Nollekens In Wetheral Church, Near Corby, On The Banks Of The Eden".

Maria Archer: Around 1768 she was born to Andrew Archer 2nd Baron Archer (age 31) and Sarah West Baroness Archer. On 22 Nov 1788 Henry Howard (age 31) and Maria Archer (age 20) were married.

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On 30 Apr 1792 William Weddell of Newby (age 55) died. He was buried in Ripon Cathedral [Map]. Monument with bust by Joseph Nollekens (age 54).

William Weddell of Newby: On 13 May 1736 he was born.


After 30 Jul 1792. Memorial to Mary Blackman (deceased) at St Nicholas Church, Whiston [Map] sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 54).

Mary Blackman: Around 1744 she was born to Rowland Blackman of Antigua. Before 30 Jul 1792 William Henry Irby (age 41) and Mary Blackman (age 48) were married. On 30 Jul 1792 Mary Blackman (age 48) died.

John Zoffany His Life and Works. Around 1798. Johan Joseph Zoffany (age 64). Charles Townley and Friends in His Library at Park Street, Westminster

Group representing Charles Towneley (age 60), the collector, in his library with his marbles, which are now in the British Museum. He is surrounded by his books, and in conversation with D'Hancarville, near whose chair stand Charles Greville and Thomas Astle. Nollekens (age 60) writes of the picture as follows:

'The best of the marbles were brought into the painting-room to the artist, who made them up into a picturesque composition according to his own taste. The likeness of Mr. Towneley," he adds, "is extremely good; he looks like the dignified possessor of such treasures. At his feet lies his faithful dog Kam, a native Kamschatka, whose mother was one of the dogs yoked to a sledge which drew Captain King in that island." 50 x 39. P.

PAINTINGS/NOLLEKENS/Design_Wetheral.jpgAround 1800. Joseph Nollekens (age 62). Design for monument to Maria Archer at Holy Trinity Church, Wetheral, Cumberland [Map].

PAINTINGS/NOLLEKENS/Design_Wetheral2.jpg1800. Joseph Nollekens (age 62). Design for monument to Maria Archer at Holy Trinity Church, Wetheral, Cumberland [Map].

After 1800. St Peter's Church Shelford [Map]. Monument to Elizabeth Stanhope. Bust sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 62).

Elizabeth Stanhope: She was born to William Stanhope and Anne Hussey Delaval. In 1734 John Ellis (age 91) and she were married. In Nov 1747 Welbore Ellis 1st Baron Mendip (age 33) and she were married. In Aug 1761 she died.

On 02 Jun 1800 Jane Dutton (age 46) died at Bath [Map]. Monument in Church of St Mary the Virgin Tittleshall [Map] sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 62). Flat obelisk background. Pedestal with inscription and supporting the carving which is centred around a broken column with standing figure of woman leaning on it in front of opened book. Angel on cloud above and putto below holding up a flaming heart.

Jane Dutton: On 29 Nov 1753 she was born to James Lenox Dutton (age 40) and Jane Bond at Sherborne, Gloucestershire. On 25 Oct 1775 Thomas Coke 1st Earl of Leicester (age 21) and Jane Dutton (age 21) were married at Sherborne, Gloucestershire.


Memorials of Francis Chantrey RA in Hallamshire and Elsewhere Part V London Life and Works. In 1812, Chantrey (age 30) exhibited busts of Johnes of Hafod, of Curran, of Stothard, and of Northcote. In 1813, a bust of Cline, for the Royal College of Surgeons, and six others, including Granville Sharp. In 1814, busts of the King, of Professor Playfair, and a colossal head of the Duke of Wellington. In 1815, a bust of James Watt. In 1816, busts of the Marquis of Anglesey, Sir Everard Home, and Sir Joseph Banks. In 1817, (then newly made an associate of the Royal Academy,) "The Sleeping Children, "(the monument now in Lichfield Cathedral [Map],) and busts of Nollekens (age 74), Sir James Clarke, Bone the enamelist, Bird the painter, and Hookham Frere.

In 1817 [his wife] Mary Welch (age 74) died.

After 29 Jun 1820. Church of St Michael and All Angels Edenham [Map]. Monument to Peter Burrell Baron Willoughby, 1st Baron Gwydyr (deceased) sculpted by Joseph Nollekens (age 82). Freestanding square marble shaft bears a bust.

On 23 Apr 1823 Joseph Nollekens (age 85) died.

PAINTINGS/BEECHEY/Nollekens.jpgBefore 1835 . William Beechey (age 81). Portrait of Joseph Nollekens. An autographed replica by Beechey of the work which now hangs in the Tate Britain, London