Tuesday, 10 March 2015

John Cheere Sculpture at Blair Castle


The Plaster Busts at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire.

John Cheere

John Cheere provided a substantial amount of statuary to the Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle.

        Including documented plaster busts for the library and lead statues for the garden.








Isaac Newton


These photographs along with the document detailing the objects supplied to Blair Castle by John Cheere in 1742 were kindly supplied by Jane Anderson, the current  Archivist at Blair Castle.

I hope to be able to visit Blair Castle this Summer and to obtain better photographs - these will have to do for the time being.

Along with the photographs of the Kirkleatham busts and statuettes supplied in 1749, and if one assumes that those busts and statuettes at Arniston House, Midlothian (see the next blog entry) were supplied at about the same time this give us a somewhat clearer picture than hitherto of the output of the plaster busts of John Cheere in the 1740's /50's.

Lead Statues at Blair Castle supplied by John Cheere in 1753 - 55.




Documents dated March 1755 and April 1753 detailing statuary supplied to the Duke of Atholl at Blair.

The Black and white photographs were lifted from and for more information see -

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