A fine pair of antique english early 19th century patinated bronze busts. one is of george iv, born 1762, famous for his dissolute lifestyle and his royal pavilion in brighton, george became prince regent in 1811 and king in 1820. he died in 1830. henry brougham was born in 1768 and was a committed quite radical lawyer and politician. in 1830 brougham was given a peerage and became lord chancellor in lord grey's new whig government. brougham, who had been arguing for parliamentary reform for over thirty years, played an important role in persuading the house of lords to pass the 1832 reform act. lord brougham was also one of the main people behind the passing of the 1833 anti-slavery act.
lord brougham lost office after the defeat of the whigs in 1834. brougham's views were considered to be too radical by lord grey's successor, lord melbourne. henry brougham died on 17th may, 1868. the reverse of both busts have engraved the following "publishd as the act directs jany 1st 1831 by sam parker 12 argyll place london". these busts were conmmissioned and completed while brougham was lord chancellor and within 6 months of the death of george iv. 5.75 inches high by 2.25 inches square at the base( 14.375 cms by 5.6 cms ).