The Marble Bust of William Shakespeare
in the Long Room,
Trinity College Library,
signed Peter Scheemakers.
The Peter Scheemaker Marble Bust of William Shakespeare at Hagley Hall.
The four busts of Shakespeare, Spenser, Dryden and Milton by Peter Scheemakers in the broken pediments of the bookcases in the Library at Hagley Hall were given to Alexander Pope by Frederick, Prince of Wales; they were bequeathed by Pope, who died in 1743 to Lord Lyttelton. They were in the Library in the new house in 1747/48.
Some time after buying Carlton House in 1732, Prince Frederick commissioned two sets of library busts from Peter Scheemakers, one set for himself - which seems to have disappeared and the second set as a gift to Alexander Pope.
A bill for £107 4s was examined by William Kent as overseer and paid 22 November 1735, included the set of busts charged at £10 each (Duchy of Cornwall Household Accounts) it is unclear whether they were for the library at Carlton House or for Kents magnificent saloon in the Rotunda in the garden, built in 1735 - (adorned with paintings and sculpture - Grub Street Journal 2 September 1735)
Prince Frederick, William Kent and the Garden Building at Carlton House has already touched on in my blog entry 12 August 2015,