A George III lead bust of Seneca

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Seneca 3.jpg

A George III lead bust of Seneca

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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 inches


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 of England's most celebrated sculptors and suppliers, but history has not been kind and 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. Much of John Cheere’s work was supplying busts and vases for libraries. One of his largest commissions was 24 busts and 25 vases for the Codrington library at All Souls, 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 most familiar images from the classical age. A plaster version is listed in the 1808 inventory of Temple Newsam in Leeds and there was 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.
 

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