Sculpted by Enoch Wood 1781, re-issued by Wood in 1831
John Wesley sat five times for the modelling of the original bust in Burslem, Staffordshire in 1781. The modeller Enoch Wood was just 22 years old at the time, Wesley was 78. Wesley was very well pleased with the likeness of the bust, and it was widely acclaimed as the most realistic resemblance of Wesley ever produced.
This particular bust was given as a presentation copy from Enoch Wood to Adam Clarke on the 50th anniversary of its first modelling, in 1831.