The Sarti Plaster Busts at Wimpole Hall, Cambridge
John Milton (1608 - 1674).
For the Sarti bust of Alexander Pope at Wimpole see my previous post.
Included in this post is the similar plaster bust of Milton at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. It has a similar eared base to the bust but the prop at the back is quite different.
The subject of the busts of Milton is complicated by the many different busts made of him from the 17th Century. It has been my intention to try and make sense of all the different types - but this posts has been created as a sort of aide memoire to record the 18th and early 19th century versions of the plaster busts.
Pierce, Scheemakers Rysbrack and Roubiliac and John Cheere all made busts of Milton
These illustrated here are based on what appears to be the first recorded plaster version by John Cheere at the Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge (below).
The Wren Library plaster bust of John Milton
Trinity College, Cambridge.
The busts below are derived from this bust or casts from this bust.
Photographs above taken by the author
There are two busts of Milton in the church of St Giles, Cripplegate, City of London . The 1793 bust of Milton on the south wall was made for the church by Bacon and paid for by Samuel Whitbread, of the brewery family. There is another bust, under the organ gallery, by the sculptor George Frampton.