Tuesday, 10 March 2015

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

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.


 
Dryden

 
Horace

 
Homer

 
Plato





 
Shakespeare



 
Aristotle

 
Swift

 
Isaac Newton

 
 
Milton
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hercules.
 
 
 
 
 
Flora
 
 
Ceres
 
 
 
 
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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