Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Plaster busts and Statuettes supplied to Arniston House, Midlothian, Scotland by John Cheere.

Although, as yet I have not been able to discover any paperwork to confirm, it can be safely assumed that these busts and statuettes were supplied by John Cheere in the 1740's for the old library at Arniston House, which was designed in the late Baroque style by William Adam (1689 - 1748), for the Scottish lawyer Robert Dundas.

                                    Shakespeare Statuette after Scheemakers, Homer and The Farnese Hercules. 

Possibly Pythagoras
Veiled Vestal and Cicero.
Zeno, Madonna, Nero.
Roman General there is a version by Roubiliac at the Huntington Library California, Zeno perhaps after Scheemakers.
Demosthenes, Isaac Newton and Agrippina.
Unknown classical? Female bust, Socrates, undetermined male bust.
Aristotle, unknown female bust, Antinous.
I am very grateful to Henrietta Dundas of Arniston House for supplying these images.

For the History of the Dundas Family and Arniston see -


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 -