As discussed in my previous post surviving Eighteenth Century lead busts are very rare. I will attempt to collect information on the whereabouts of surviving lead busts in this blog. Current thinking is that most of them were manufactured at the Hyde Park Corner, Portugal Row, workshop of John Cheere who took over the yard of 'Anthony Noast' in 1737. This area was a centre for eighteenth century sculpture workshops. Others working here included Thomas Carter I, William Collins, Richard Dickinson and Thomas Manning. and formerly Andrew Carpenter (Andreas Carpentier) who had ceased trading in 1736.
Info - Bio. Dictionary Sculptors in Britain Roscoe et al. Yale 2009
A mid 18th Century lead bust of Palladio after Rysbrack.
A mid 18th century lead bust of Inigo Jones after Rysbrack.
Offered for sale at The Collection of Professor Sir Albert Richardson, P.R.A. (1880-1964) - the celebrated collector, architect and President of the Royal Academy (1954-1956) - will be auctioned over two days in London on 18 and 19 September 2013.
Christie's described them as "a pair of magnificent lifesize lead busts of Andrea Palladio – the most recognised of all classical architects - and Inigo Jones – the first classical architect in Britain – after Michael Rysbrack, probably cast by John Cheere, circa 1740 (estimate: £400,000-600,000, - unsold)They are associated with the marble busts by Rysbrack commissioned by Lord Burlington and today at Chatsworth. Rysbrack did not cast his own works but he is understood to have worked closely with those who did; in the case of the present lot the exceptional quality points to Cheere who dominated this market at the time".
The Chatsworth marble bust of Inigo Jones.
Low resolution image of the Chatsworth bust of Palladio
These busts of of Inigo Jones and Palladio were commissioned as a pair
by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington. The catalogue of Rysbrack's sale on 24th January 1766 listed a pair of these busts as 'the original models for the figures of Lord Burlington at Chiswick.'
A lead bust of Seneca currently for sale (January 2014)
at Hawker Antiques part of Jamb, Pimlico Road, London.
Height 29.53 in. (75 cm). The serpentine socle is a Victorian replacement.
A lead bust of the odious William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland of Colludon fame ,at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1746 Cheere sent an equestrian statue of the Duke of Cunberland to Dublin.
Duke of Cumberland by Michael Rysbrack
Marble, Height 62 cms.
Koninklijke Musee, Brussels, Belgium.
A life size lead Faun sold at the Mike Roberts Sale at Christies, South Kensington, London
23 May 2007, base not original.
Lead bust of Alexander Pope (Roubiliac type). Sold Christies 10th December 1996.
Later marble socle.
Lead bust of Isaac Newton at Yale - 27.9 x 17.8x 8.3 cms
Lead bust of John Locke at Yale, attrib. to Van Nost
29" x 22.5"
Statuette of Alexander Pope probably John Cheere at the V&A.