A Statuette of Milton
by or after John Cheere
Height approx 50 cms (to be confirmed)
Private English Collection.
I have posted on the Cheere statuettes previously see -
As can be seen from these photographs this statuette has been quite thickly overpainted.
As I havn't inspected this statuette closely it is impossible to determine the quality.
No obvious sign of an inscription - although it is impossible to see the inscription on the York Art Gallery version below .
Bronzed Plaster Statuette
H 52 x W 28 x D 15.4 cm.
York Art Gallery.
Inscribed at the bottom front of plinth: Cheere, Ft. / 1749
not visible in these photographs
These excellent photographs below from the Art UK sculpture database website.
The Milton Statuette at Ham House
Probably John Cheere.
incised to the underside 1816/W. Cook, 1816
Described as probably Enoch Wood
Heigh 48 cms
Sold Christies Lot 97 26 April 2001
Stockspring Antiques catalogue
Figure of John Milton
Charles Harris produced Plaster statuettes of various figures including Milton
probably from moulds originally from John Cheere
Charles Harris and Richard Parker, Plaster Figures and Busts.
Harris was in partnership with Richard Parker by 1776, working at Parkers premises in the Strand, opposite the New Church with second premises in Bond Street, Bath.
Richard Parker specialized in making casts. There was a set of busts by him at Ashburnham Place, Sussex, - Locke, Milton, Congreve, Prior, See Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors .Roscoe. 2009) Parker is mentioned as Statuary of The Strand, bankrupt in The Gentleman’s Magazine and The Town and Country Magazine in October, 1776.
In 1774, Richard Parker supplied busts to Wedgwood & Bentley; see Plagiarism personified. European pottery and porcelain figures, Julia Poole 1986.
In 1785 in Biographical Anecdotes of William Hogarth: with a catalogue of his works by John Nichols ... - Page 20 mentions a catalogue of the Statues, Bustos, etc of Richard Parker Statuary in the Strand and Hogarth’s Pug Dog.
For Charles Harris and Plaster Statuary see: