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This bust of William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield is the earliest of three known examples by the celebrated sculptor Joseph Nollekens. Signed and dated 1779, the bust shows Lord Mansfield aged 74–year-old, wigless and cloaked in classical drapery in imitation of the ‘antique’. It bears Lord Mansfield's motto 'Uni Aequus Virtuti' (Friendly to Virtue Alone) and was first recorded in the Adam Library or ‘Great Room’ at Kenwood on 21 September 1781.
William Murray (1705–1793), 1st Earl of Mansfield, PC, SL
H 52.5 x W 43 x D 24.5 cm;
Plinth: H 14.5 x W 21 x D 21 cm
on back: Nollekens Ft; 1779
underneath the front edge of bust: Uni Aequus Virtuti