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Archbishop William Laud 1573 - 1645,
William Herbert, Earl of Pemboke,
A Pair of Terracotta Busts.
by or after Hubert le Sueur (fl. 1610 - 51)
and related sculpture including the bronze bust of Laud at St John's College, Oxford
and the two terracotta busts in Hawksmoor's Clarendon Building, formerly the printing house of Oxford University Press.
With a few notes on the Sculpture on the Clarendon Building and the Sheldonian Theatre
Archbishop William Laud.
As far as I know currently in deep store - it was not possible to view this and the bust of Pembroke when I carried out my project to record the 17th and 18th century portrait sculpture in Oxford in 2018.
H40 × W23 × D23 cm.
Probably that purchased in 1734
This may be one of the 'two Bustos of Abp. Laud, £2.10' recorded in the Vice-chancellor's accounts for 1734.
A second bust, similar to this, terracotta painted brown (LP 103a), is in the Delegates' Room of the Clarendon Building (see below).
What happened to the second one?
A similar head, gilt bronze, by Le Sueur, is in the library of St John's College, Oxford, is inscribed with the date 1635.
Photo: © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.
Library St John's College, Oxford
Photographedby the Author.
Archbishop William Laud
Clarenden Building, Oxford.
The Clarendon Building Bust of Archbishop Laud
Terracotta cast by Joseph Ransford 1737.
It was impossible to inspect these busts closely in order to confirm the material and guage the age of the paint
Ransford has proved difficult to trace - nothing in the Biographical Dictionary of British Sculptors
A John Ransford, Carver is mentioned on Oxford city leases of 1685 and 1699/1700
see - Oxford City Properties, Herbert Edward Salter. pub. 1926, Page 279.
John Ransford also appears in Early Science in Oxford RT Gunther Vol III, pub 1925 mentione in the building accounts of the first Ashmolean Museum building as a Joyner in 1688.
Photograph above from artuk website.
All the phoographs of the bust of Laud taken by the author.
Photographs above of Clarendon above from the artuk website.
Photographs of the Clarendon bust below taken by the author
The building was funded largely from the proceeds of the book History of the Great Rebellion by the 1st Earl of Clarendon.
The statue stood from 1721 until the 1940s in a niche on the south side of the building (now a window).
R White after Lely
Image Courtesey National Gallery of Scotland
Engraving David Loggan
The Bodleian Library.
from Ackermann's History of the University of Oxford, 1814 (D74.1a/C73)
John Fulleylove (1845 - 1908).
PATRUI SUI MAGNI EFFIGIEM
AD FORMAM QUAM TINXIT
PETRUS PAULUS RUBENS
AERE FUSO EXPRESSAM
D.D. [= dedit et dedicavit]
THOMAS PEMBROCHIAE ET MONTGOM.
HONORUM ET VIRTUTUM
Thomas, [8th] Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, inheritor of his [the 3rd Earl's] titles and qualities, gave and dedicated to the University of Oxford this statue of his great-uncle cast in bronze in the form that Peter Paul Rubens had painted. A.D. 1723
Overall: 27 1/2 x 24 x 12 inches (69.9 x 61 x 30.5 cm)
The Lead Statues on the Roof of the Clarendon Building, Oxford University.
According to an entry in Hearne's 'diary, dated 12 Nov. 1717, 'Last week began to be put up upon the new Printing House in Oxford, a Parcell of Heavy Leaden Statues call'd the nine Muses. These leaden Statues had lain at ye Wharf above Two Years, having been first of all refused. But Basket at last prevail'd with the Delegates to take them, and by that means he hath got more Money from them, these statues coming to about six hundred Pounds.' In fact the Vice-Chancellor's accounts show that they cost the University only £300. Their place of origin is not mentioned, but it is likely that it was John van Nost's leaden figure manufactory in Piccadilly, for in March 1719–20.
Dr. Clarke and Townesend went up to London in order to bespeak some 'Vases for the printing house', and 'agreed with Mr. Noist for 80li for the three, to be delivered to the Oxford barge'. These vases were intended to occupy vacant pedestals on the roof, where they can be seen in Williams's view of 1732–3, but they have since disappeared.
Nine lead figures of the Muses by designed by Sir James Thornhill originally stood on top of the building. Thomas Hearne (Reliquiae, p. 380) says that they “were at first refused, and suffered to lie at the Wharf for above two years; they cost £600”.
Seven of the originals remain. (Euterpe and Melpomene fell down and were flattened, one in 1810 and one a few years earlier. They were replaced by fibre-glass replicas
All of these images show the statue on the front of the Sheldonian Theatre.
Statues of Archbishop Sheldon, the Duke of Ormonde, and perhaps King Charles II
were carved by Henry Cheere. Removed 1958-63 due to their poor condition.
In 1737 the beautification of the building was completed by the erection in the niches of the south front of two statues of Sheldon and Ormonde, carved out of white marble at a cost of £223 7s. by Henry Cheere of Westminster.
William Townesend, who put them in position, was also paid out of the Theatre account a mysterious £42 18s. for 'other work'. Could this have been for the statue of Charles II in classical armour, standing over the north door and of which there is no direct mention.
Bird carved the cartouche of arms over the north door, and Mr. Hussey suggests that he also carved the statue. For further information about Bird, see Mrs. J. C. Cole's article in Oxoniensia, xiv, 63.
see - https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/oxon/vol3/pp50-54
For the bust of Bodley and the Bodleian Library see -