Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)

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Bust of Nicolò Paganini (1784–1840). HA head and neck study facing forward, wearing an open shirt and a cravat tie. There is a full head of hair, including at the rear; bearded, short whiskers under the lower lip, eyes not incised.

Two further famous busts of the composer are by Henry Westmacott in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (white marble), which was commissioned by Sir Henry Tate and was probably made in Scotland in 1831–2, and the plaster bust by the Italian artist Benedetto Pistrucci, which was made in London in 1832. The latter bust was last sold at Sotheby's in London in 2006.

Royal Academy of Music



Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)




bronze-patinated plaster


H 53 x W 32.5 x D 26 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Michael Kottka as part of the Kottka-Bartlett Gift, 2011

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Inscription description

Inscribed on the right upper plinth in the plaster 'Dantan fec., 1832'.


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