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
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
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).
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.
Photograph - National Trust.
For more on the Sudbury busts see - https://bathartandarchitecture.blogspot.com/2017/05/two-mysterious-plaster-busts-probably.htmlsee also - https://universitypublishingonline.org/cambridge/benjonson/k/essays/jonsons_images_essay/