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A Parian bust of William Gladstone, probably by Robinson & Leadbeater but with no maker’s mark. Mark on reverse: Rt. Hon. W E Gladstone MP. Separate socle with bolt. Height 29½ cm (11½ ”)
William Ewart Gladstone (1809 – 1898) was a politician (initially a Tory, later a Liberal) who served 4 terms as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Gladstone was modelled in Parian by a number of makers. This bust is probably by Robinson & Leadbeater as it is identical to the one illustrated on page 230 of The Parian Phenomenon, fig 750. Robinson & Leadbeater made busts of politicians, musicians and other prominent members of society in a range of sizes of which this is from the middle range.
Condition: This bust is in excellent condition with a few light kiln marks on the reverse.