Credit: ©The Royal Society
    Image number: RS.13591

    Sculpture bust of John Dollond

    ca. early 19th century
    John Dollond (1706 - 1761, British) , Inventor
    Richard James Garland (1816 - 1903) , Sculptor
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    height (sculpture): 610mm
    width (sculpture): 553mm
    depth (sculpture): mm
    height (pedestal): 150mm
    width (pedestal): 270mm
    depth (pedestal): 216mm
    Bust of John Dollond with head turned to the right as viewed. In classical style with draped shoulders he wears buckled periwig. On a square marble pedestal inscribed ‘DOLLOND’.

    Inscribed on the back ‘R.J. GARLAND SC.T. CAMBERWELL.’

    John Dollond (1706-1761) was a British instrument maker and optician, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society 1761.
    Object history
    Provenance: Presented by George Dollond, F.R.S. 1843.

    The donation is recorded in the Royal Society’s Council Minutes: ‘Read the following letter from Mr. Dollond:- ‘To the President and Council of the Royal Society. MY LORD AND GENTLEMEN, The Bust I have, by your permission, the pleasure of presenting to the Royal Society, is that of the late John Dollond, the inventor of the Achromatic Refracting Telescope, for which he was honoured with the Copley Medal, and whose theory is now acted upon by the whole of the optical world. This Bust has been executed by Mr. Garland, to my perfect satisfaction, and I feel extremely favoured by being permitted to place it in the Apartments of the Royal Society. I am, My Lord and Gentlemen, Your much obliged, obedient Servant, G. DOLLOND’. Resolved – That the President be requested to convey the thanks of the Society to Mr. Dollond for his valuable present.’ Royal Society Minutes of Council, Printed, v.1, 1832-46, meeting 30 November 1843, p.434.
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