Sunday 17 September 2017

Charles II - The Busts

Charles II - (1630 - 85).
Attrib. to Edward Pearce (1630 - 95).

Terracotta Bust.

70 x 56 x 32 cms.

c 1670 - 80).

Royal Collection.

Restored in 1938 when the bronze painted finish was removed


Charles II.

see the Fitzwilliam Museum Terracotta below.

They said attrib. John Bushnell but Alastair Laing suggested in 2010 that was more likely to be by Caius Gabrial Cibber. The jury is still out!

Seaton Delaval Hall.

formerly at Melton Constable.

National Trust.


Charles II.

Currently Attrib by the Fitzwilliam to John Bushnell


78.5 cms

Given to the Fitzwilliam in 1948.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Photographs taken by the author. 20 August 2015.

This bust was bought in the early 1920's from the owners of the Mill Hill Estate, where it had been since 1877 in the possession of Mr Serjeant Cox, who had purchased it with the furniture, fittings, plate, and other materials of the demolished Serjeant's Inn, Chancery Lane, and re-erected the hall stained glass and all, at his home at Mill Hill. Sir Bruce surmised that the bust may have originally belonged to Francis North, 1st Baron Guildford (1637-1685), Lord Chancellor, who was highly esteemed by Charles II, and who, as Lord Keeper, erected the Chancery Lane Hall of Serjeants Inn, 1669-1677.

Fascinating engraving of the polymath Martin Folkes President of The Royal Society.

With the bust of Charles II and the roundel or medallion of Martin Folkes.

by Jacob Folkema, 1746.


98 x 143 mm.

from Portraits des Hommes Illustres de Dannemark, Part 6.


For the Catalogue of the Library of Martin Folkes see - A Catalogue of the Entire and Valuable Library of Martin Folkes Esq. President of the Royal Society .... which will be sold by Auction by Samuel Baker at his House in York Street, Covent Garden, London 1756.

see -


Medallion of Martin Folkes by Jaques Dassier, 1740.

Images from website of Ben Weiss.

all rights reserved.

Grateful thanks to Ben Weiss


For more on the Dassier Medallion of Martin Folkes.


Anonymous medallion struck in Rome dated 1742.

38mm diam. 

with the pyramid of Caius Sestius in Rome.

For much more on the portraits of Martin Folkes see my blog entry.


Bust of Charles II.

John Dwight.

Fulham Pottery. 

Hand modelled.

Saly Glazed Stoneware.

Height18.2 cms.

c. 1673 -75.

Images Victoria and Albert Museum


Another version of the bust of Charles II.

 by John Dwight.
Fulham Pottery Hand modelled.

Salt Glaze Stoneware.

19.5 cms approx

Image Victoria and Albert Museum.


Charles II.

Lead Bust.

Ham House.


Statue of Charles II.

Grinling Gibbons.

 Royal Collection.

Charles II.


Chelsea Hospital.


James II by Bushnell.

King James II, by Unknown artist, 1685-1688 - NPG 5869 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

James II (1633 - 1701).

 attrib. to Bushnell.


803 mm tall.

Purchased 1986.

National Portrait Gallery.

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