Bust of Thomas Baker

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Bust of Thomas Baker
0 Thomas Baker - Gian Lorenzo Bernini.JPG
Artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Year 1638 (1638)
Type Sculpture
Material Marble
Dimensions 82 cm (32 in)
Location Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Coordinates Coordinates: 51°29′47″N 0°10′19″W / 51.496302°N 0.172078°W / 51.496302; -0.172078

The Bust of Thomas Baker is a 1638 marble portrait sculpture created by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, with much of the bust undertaken by a pupil of Bernini, probably Andrea Bolgi.[1] It is currently held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, who purchased the bust in 1921 for 1480 English guineas.[2][3][4]

Baker (1606–58) was High Sheriff of Suffolk and connected to the court of Charles I. He may have been indirectly involved in another Bernini bust, carrying the triple portrait of Charles I by Van Dyck to Rome; it was from this portrait that Bernini carved the now-destroyed bust of King Charles.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Rudolf Wittkower, Bernini, the Sculptor of the Roman Baroque, 1997 (4th ed.), p.259
  2. ^ a b "Image and description of "Portrait of Thomas Baker"". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Berkeley Daily Gazette, August 1921, https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1970&dat=19210805&id=jvkxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4eMFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3676,2059633
  4. ^ The Glasgow Herald, 2 August 1921 https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dpZAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=L6UMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5901%2C3299241 - This article also suggests that the bust once belonged to the Enlgish seventeenth-century painted Peter Lely, who sold it for GB £150