Portrait Bust of the Honorable Mrs. Pellew [later Lady Pellew]
Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish (active Rome and Copenhagen) 1770 - 1844
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The sitter was on her wedding trip in Rome when this bust was carved by Thorvaldsen, the most admired European portrait sculptor of his day. The artist’s care in creating this work may be due, in part, to the special appeal of Mrs. Pellew’s beauty, which approaches Thorvaldsen’s feminine ideal.
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