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Bust of Blücher. SM M119. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photo: Ole Woldbye
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Peter Turnerelli (1774 - 1839), sculptor

Bust of Field Marshal Prince Gebhard von Blücher (1742-1819)


Plaster, on a scagliola column

Height: 71cm
Width (shoulders): 46cm

Museum number: M119

Curatorial note

Bust of Bücher in the uniform of a Field-Marshal, wearing orders and decorations. The head looks half-right; the hair is brushed back and hangs thick over the collar and there is a curled moustache. The treatment is realistic and there is a mole or wart over the left eye.

The Prince Regent commissioned a bust of Prince Blücher, one of the heroes of the defeat of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo, from the sculptor Peter Turnerelli, who was able to capture a likeness of the subject during the visit of the Allied Sovereigns to London in June 1814. As the most celebrated of the allied generals next to Wellington, Blücher's presence in London was greeted with an outpouring of public adulation which saw his temporary lodgings at St James's Palace besieged by eager well-wishers and his carriage drawn along the street by the adoring throng. Turnerelli's completed marble bust of Blücher is in the Royal Collection. The plaster version acquired by Soane is almost certainly the bust exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1815.

Exhibition history

Peace Breaks Out! London and Paris in the Summer of 1814, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 20 June - 13 September 2014

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