Monday 28 August 2017

Soane Museum 9 - Plaster Bust of Shakespeare

Soane Museum. 9 -

A Plaster Bust of Shakespeare.

This page was updated on the 17 November 2017.

No size given, but presumably the same size as the Garrick Club bust by Shout illustrated below.

See -

For my previous post on the Shakespeare busts see -

This is a version of the bust of the plaster bust by John Cheere.
see the Wedgwood bust illustrated below.

I have written at some length on the various busts of Shakespeare.

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and further posts on


William Shakespeare.

Plaster Bust.

signed Shout.

Height 55 cms.

Photograph Garrick Club Website,

They say c. 1806.

Presented to the Garrick Club by Thomas F. Savany, 1834, or George Raymond, 1835, or John Poole, 1836.


William Shakespeare.

Plaster Bust.

Piertro Sarti.

Athenaeum Club.

Purchased from Sarti 1830.

This bust appears to have been either a cast taken from the Shout bust or using the Shout Moulds

for more detail see my post.


William Shakespeare.

Marble Bust.

Royal Collection.

The socle with the inscribed collar is probably a replacement.

There is no provenance for this bust prior to 1806.

Although the Royal Collection suggest that it is by Cheere - I would suggest that it was possibly sculpted in the Shout workshop in Holborn.

For much more on the Shout manufactory see my previous post.



Photograph in the Royal Library, St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle in 1944.


The dealer Philip Mould has another version of this bust (below).

William Shakespeare.


Height 52 cms including the socle

Again I would suggest that the Shout workshop is possibly the source  - the detail of the dress is very similar -


William Shakespeare.

Marble Bust.

Peter Scheemakers.

Trinity College Library. Dublin.



12.75 ins.

After The bust by Scheemakers at Trinity College, Dublin.



Another version of Wedgwood's bust of Shakespeare.

Victoria and Albert Museum.

24.4 cms.

They say after a cast bought from John Cheere invoiced February, 1774.


William Shakespeare engraved by Hubert Gravelot.

National Gallery of Scotland.

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