A George III lead bust of Seneca

A George III lead bust of Seneca

1760 England

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A rare George III lead life sized portrait bust after the Antique of Seneca.
Attributed to John Cheere.
England circa 1760
height 36 in (90 cm)

John Cheere (1709 – 1787) had his workshops at Hyde Park Corner. His yard was a popular meeting place and was visited by the public. In his time Cheere was one one the most celebrated sculptors and suppliers, history has not been kind and widely today his brother Sir Henry Cheere enjoys the limelight. Henry was noted for his church monuments, his university statues and his fireplaces. He mainly worked in stone whilst John focused on plaster and lead; two materials that have subsequently fallen from fashion.
One of the largest part of John Cheere’s work was supplying busts and vase for libraries. One of his largest commissions was 24 busts and 25 vases for the Codrington library at All Soul’s, Oxford. This established his reputation and he went on to supply many private clients libraries. The popular subjects being figures from antiquity and British literature.
The bust of Seneca (5BC-65AD) is one of the iconic images from antiquity. A plaster version is listed in the 1808 inventory of Temple Newson in Leeds and there another example at Red Hall, Manchester by 1756. This is the first lead example to come to light and therefore adds to our knowledge of the range produced.
Height 90.00 cm (35.43 inches)
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