The Laurence Sterne Trust

Bust of SterneThe Trust was established by formal deed on 16th March 1967. The principal objects as stated within the Trust deed are “to acquire and maintain the freehold of Shandy Hall, Coxwold. To install and maintain therein as large and comprehensive a collection as possible of the works of Laurence Sterne, together with other related documents, prints and pictures, and to permanently display those works and to keep them open to the public.”

The Trust is a registered charity, number 529593.

Support us iSterne's bustn preserving and enhancing Shandy Hall and the legacy of Laurence Sterne.

New bust of Sterne

To round a corner at Shandy Hall and come upon Joseph Nollekens’ bust of Laurence Sterne ranks high among the pleasures of a visit to the house. The bust was modelled from the life in 1766 in Rome. ‘With this performance Nollekens continued to be pleased even to his second childhood,’ writes his biographer. In his portrait painted by John Francis Rigaud in 1772, Nollekens can be seen leaning upon his bust of Sterne.

Few of the original marbles are known to exist but, in celebration of Sterne’s tercentenary, Royston Jones, an expert in Neo-Classical art, has produced in plaster a version of the Nollekens in an EDITION OF TWELVE COPIES.

George Ramsden has kindly offered the tercentenary busts for sale for the benefit of the Laurence Sterne Trust.

Measurements: 21 x 13 inches (including the socle).

Price: £450 each, including V.A.T.

The cost of delivery to be borne by the buyer.

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Images: plaster version of Nollekens bust of Sterne.