Monday 14 May 2018

Nicholas Hawksmoor and Giles Bennett - busts at the Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford.

Updated 8 Feb. 2021.

The Portrait Sculpture in The Codrington Library. 

at All Souls College, Oxford University.

Part 28.

Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661 - 1736).

Bronzed Plaster Bust.

Here attributed to Louis Francois Roubiliac.

(currently with no documentary evidence).

With Grateful thanks to Gaye Morgan, Chief Librarian and Conservator at the Codrington, All Souls for making this entry possible.

It appears that there is another bust - perhaps by the same hand and inscribed Giles Bennett, / Manciple  1736 was in The Buttery at All Souls in 1925, but I have not yet had the opportunity to closely inspect it on my visits (see below).

Mrs Webb suggests that they were both made by Henry Cheere in about 1736.

see Poole vol II, 1925.

For refs to Manciple Gile Bennett see --

Both of these busts are noted as at All Souls (Bennett in the Buttery) in A History of the University of Oxford Including the Lives of the Founders ...  By Alexander Chalmers pub.1810. 

Bust of Giles Bennett in the Buttery at All Souls, Oxford.


Plaster bust of Hawksmoor

All Souls College Oxford

Photographs taken by the Author


Monument to William Wither. d.1732.
Wootton St Lawrence Church, Hampshire
Bust with the same drapery as the Hawksmoor bust.

The church was rebuilt in 1863.

see Roubiliac and Cheere .... Malcolm Baker in the Journal of the Church Monuments Society Vol X 1995


Nicholas Hawksmoor, after a bust attributed to Sir Henry Cheere, 1st Bt, 1962, based on a work of 1736 - NPG 4261 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Nicholas Hawksmoor



546 mm wide.

Modern cast taken from the original plaster at All Souls, Oxford.

Cast by the Morris Singer Foundry.

Given to the NPG by the Warden and Fellows of All Souls in 1962.

Image Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

If it were up to me I would replace the socle with a smaller and less clumsy and insensitive version as in the black and white photograph above.


Shown here for comparison

 Thomas Missing.
Marble Bust on the Monument.
Probably Louis Francois Roubiliac.

Holy Rood Church,  Crofton and Stubbington, Hampshire.

Formerly Crofton.


Thomas Missing built the south transept in 1725 to accommodate his family pews and mausoleum. He was MP for Southampton and the merchant responsible for victualling Gibraltar. He was presumably responsible for the shaped gable and segmental windows to the south transept shown in a mid C19 illustration in the National Monuments Record.

Noted in the London Magazine of November, 1738.

Thomas Missing, a Portsmouth merchant whose parentage has not been ascertained, was made a freeman and alderman there in January 1711. In March 1715 he obtained a lucrative contract for victualling the garrison at Gibraltar, which he held till his death.1 Five years later he was given similar contracts for troops in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.2 Returned, presumably as a Whig, for Southampton in 1722, he was defeated in 1727. In September 1728 he proposed to the board of Trade that ‘as he hath a correspondence that way and hath with reputation carried over a great many to America’, he should be engaged to transport yearly a number of Protestant Palatines to Carolina ‘and victual them till they can support themselves’.3 He died 6 July 1733.

Whilst the link is tenuous the son of Thomas Missing another Thomas, was married to Anne Streatfield daughter of Henry Streatfield whose bust by Roubiliac is in the Mausoleum at Chiddingstone in Kent.

see -


The Gounter Nicoll Monument, Racton.

These images from

I will return to this subject once things become clearer and I can obtain better images.


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