William Wetmore Story (American 1819-1895):A statuary marble bust of John Lothrop Motley,
Lot 324
William Wetmore Story (American 1819-1895) A Carrara marble bust of John Lothrop Motley
Sold for £1,125 (US$ 1,865) inc. premium
Auction Details
William Wetmore Story (American 1819-1895):A statuary marble bust of John Lothrop Motley,
Lot Details
William Wetmore Story (American 1819-1895) A Carrara marble bust of John Lothrop Motley
on a turned socle base, signed W.W.STORY and dated ROMA 1869, 72cm high, 40cm wide, (28" high, 15.5" wide).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Probably John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877) and then by descent to his daughter the wife of the prominent Liberal politician William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt (1827-1904) and thence by family descent.
    William Wetmore Story (February 12, 1819 - October 7, 1895) was an American sculptor, art critic, poet and editor. He graduated at Harvard College in 1838, continued his law studies under his father and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar. He later left the law and devoted himself to sculpture, and after 1850 lived in Rome, where he was acquainted with the Brownings and Walter Savage Landor. Along with numerous commissions, Story famously sculpted a bronze statue of Joseph Henry on the Mall in Washington, D.C., the scientist who served as the Smithsonian Institution's first Secretary. His most famous work, Cleopatra, (1858) is on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Story died in 1895 at Vallombroso, Italy.

    John Lothrop Motley (Dorchester, Massachusetts, April 15, 1814–Dorchester, England, May 29, 1877) was an American historian. He attended the Round Hill School, Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard in 1831. In 1839 he published anonymously a novel entitled Morton's Hope, or the Memoirs of a Provincial. In 1841 he entered the diplomatic service as secretary of legation in St. Petersburg, Russia. Within three months he returned to America and began his literary career. In 1849, he published another novel, entitled Merry Mount, a Romance of the Massachusetts Colony. In about 1846 he had begun to plan a history of the Netherlands, and for further research he went with his family, wife and children, to Europe in 1851. In 1856 he published The Rise of the Dutch Republic and in later years published further volumes.

    In 1861, Motley was appointed United States minister to the Austrian Empire until his resignation in 1867. In 1869 he was appointed the United States Ambassador to the Court of St James's until 1870. After a short visit to the Netherlands, he returned to England, where the Life and Death of John Barneveld, Advocate of Holland, : with a View of the Primary Causes and Movements of the Thirty Years War appeared in two volumes in 1874. He died at Frampton Court, near Dorchester, Dorset. An edition of his historical works was published in nine volumes in London in 1903–1904.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Customer Services (UK)
    Customer Services
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7447 7447
    FaxFax: +44 20 7447 7401
  2. Shipping (UK)
    Logistics - Shipping
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7468 8302
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7629 9673
  3. Mark Dance
    Specialist - Carpets and Rugs
    Bonhams
    Work
    Montpelier Street
    London, United Kingdom SW7 1HH
    Work +44 20 8963 2812
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2803