Tuesday, 10 March 2015


The Plaster busts and Statuettes supplied to Arniston House, Midlothian, Scotland by John Cheere.

Although, as yet I have not been able to discover any paperwork to confirm, it can be safely assumed that these busts and statuettes were supplied by John Cheere in the 1740's for the old library at Arniston House, which was designed in the late Baroque style by William Adam (1689 - 1748), for the Scottish lawyer Robert Dundas.





                                    Shakespeare Statuette after Scheemakers, Homer and The Farnese Hercules. 

 
Possibly Pythagoras
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veiled Vestal and Cicero.
 
 
Zeno, Madonna, Nero.
 
 
 
Roman General there is a version by Roubiliac at the Huntington Library California, Zeno perhaps after Scheemakers.
 
 
 
 
Demosthenes, Isaac Newton and Agrippina.
 
 
Unknown classical? Female bust, Socrates, undetermined male bust.
 
 
 
 
Aristotle, unknown female bust, Antinous.
 
 
 
I am very grateful to Henrietta Dundas of Arniston House for supplying these images.



For the History of the Dundas Family and Arniston see -

https://archive.org/stream/arnistonmemoirst00omon#page/222/mode/2up

John Cheere Sculpture at Blair Castle

   


The Plaster Busts at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire.

John Cheere

John Cheere provided a substantial amount of statuary to the Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle.

        Including documented plaster busts for the library and lead statues for the garden.



Dryden


Horace


Homer


Plato






Shakespeare




Aristotle


Swift


Isaac Newton



Milton



These photographs along with the document detailing the objects supplied to Blair Castle by John Cheere in 1742 were kindly supplied by Jane Anderson, the current  Archivist at Blair Castle.

I hope to be able to visit Blair Castle this Summer and to obtain better photographs - these will have to do for the time being.

Along with the photographs of the Kirkleatham busts and statuettes supplied in 1749, and if one assumes that those busts and statuettes at Arniston House, Midlothian (see the next blog entry) were supplied at about the same time this give us a somewhat clearer picture than hitherto of the output of the plaster busts of John Cheere in the 1740's /50's.



Lead Statues at Blair Castle supplied by John Cheere in 1753 - 55.










Hercules.





Flora


Ceres







Documents dated March 1755 and April 1753 detailing statuary supplied to the Duke of Atholl at Blair.


The Black and white photographs were lifted from and for more information see -