(b. 1807. Canterbury, d. 1877, Ramsgate)

Bust of a Gentleman

Marble, height 74 cm (with socle)
Private collection

Weekes exhibited 124 works at the Royal Academy between 1828 and his death, with over a hundred being portraits. He wrote in 1852 that the objective of portraiture was "to give the eye permanently that which no history or biography will be able hereafter thoroughly to convey to the imagination." His best works achieve this aim, combining emotional impact with accurate portraiture and exemplary technique.