Monday 25 January 2021

An egraving of a bust of Ben Jonson

An Engraving of a Bust of Ben Jonson, 1752

A Ticket of the Drury Lane Theatre , 

Tuesday, Mar. 15th, announcing Every man in his humour, for the benefit of Mr. Woodward

March 10th, 1752.

Image from the Bodleian Library

I have posted at some length on the busts of Ben Jonson but this is a recent discovery for me

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Wedgwood bust of Ben Jonson

Image courtesey Sotheby's New York

Lot 99 23 October 2019.

The catalogue entry states "modelled wearing a doublet and shirt collar, raised on a separate socle base, the reverse of the shoulder with impressed uppercase WEDGWOOD, letters RK, the lower edge with uppercase JOHNSON, the underside of the socle with uppercase WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY mark.


Height 17⅝ in.   44.7 cm


The Milton Milestone Collection of early Wedgwood Pottery, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, April 6, 1976, lot 217


Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, December 1, 1977, lot 64


Catalogue note:

Another example is in the Manchester Museum, illustrated in Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, London, 1989, Vol. I, p. 455, who notes that the plaster cast was supplied by Hoskins & Grant and that the bust is first listed in the Wedgwood and Bentley catalogue of 1774 (see Reilly, 1989, Vol. II, p. 750).


The Soane Museum Plaster bust of Ben Jonson
Early - mid 19th century?
Perhaps from an original by John Cheere
Not dated and first mentioned in an iventory of 1842

The socle is very unusual and also appears on two other busts (of Camden and Shakespeare) at the Soane Museum


Ben Jonson

Early 19th century
National Trust Sudbury

From a set of four busts by Robert Shout.

Marked on the back Made and sold by R Shout, Holborn


Sudbury House, Derbyshire

On loan from Hughenden House, Bucks.

National Trust.

Photograph - National Trust.


For more on the Sudbury busts see -

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