Summers, Charles (1825-78; English)
Sir George Macleay 1872
Marble, size unknown
Purchased, 1872; de-accessioned and sold at auction, 1943 (?)
Unidentified, present location unknown

Macleay (1809-91) is identified in the 1905 NGV catalogue as a “member of the Legislative Assembly, N.S.W., [and] companion of Sturt, the explorer” (see Summers (Charles) Captain Charles Sturt {1872} SLV [SC]). After his youthful travels, Macleay became a successful New South Wales pastoralist.

This bust was reportedly sold for £6 at the 1943 auction of NGV sculpture; however, other sources suggest the work may still be in the SLV (this has yet to be verified).


AR 1872, p.22 (as Mackleay); SB, p.64 (Busts), with an added note suggesting this work was not sold in 1943 but transferred to the SLV (as LTS 9); NGV 1880, p.3; NGV 1894, p.132 (VI.Rotunda, no.38); NGV 1905, p.156 (VI.Sculpture – Verdon Gallery, no.17)

In the online Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851 (Summers, no.60), this bust is described as still in the collection of the SLV: see

For Macleay, see (by David S. Macmillan; ADB article first published in 1967)