Friday 19 February 2021

Two Marble Busts of Milton, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.

Two  Marble Busts of John Milton (1608 - 1674), 

at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.

under construction edited 12 July 2024

A fairly brief post on a subject that really requires in depth study - something I will come back to in due course.

Posted here as an aide memoire and catch up with the Art UK sculpture database website

The images could benefit from a bit of a tweak!

1. John Milton

after? Edward Pierce.

A Bust of John Milton.

Drawing inscribed W. Faithorne. b.1616.

Brush and brown wash, with graphite, on ivory laid paper.

320 × 192 mm.

The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection.

Art Institute of Chicago.



John Milton.

 After a bust attributed to Edward Pearce.

Plaster cast of bust, based on a work of 1660.

NPG 2102


© National Portrait Gallery, London


John Milton.

Ashmolean Plaster cast.

Height 29.3 cms

Purchased 1926.

Neither of the two plaster casts of the Pierce type bust appear to be anywhere near first generation.


John Milton.

Plaster After Edward Pierce.

29 cms.

Image courtesy.

National Portrait Gallery of Scotland.


John Milton.

Height 41.9cms.

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.

They say after Rysbrack!

Below is the link to my blog post on the terracotta bust of Milton by Rysbrack in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge



Plaster Roubiliac.

British Museum.

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