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After Peter Scheemakers (1691 - 1781), sculptor

Bust of William Shakespeare, cast from that on his monument in Westminster Abbey

Plaster cast

Museum number: SC68

Curatorial note

This cast was probably acquired by Soane in 1804 when an entry in his Note Book reads ' ... A bust of Shakespeare of Gianelli ...'. Gianelli would have been an Italian cast-maker working in London. This bust could have either been a one-off commission or Gianelli might have acquired a mould from the original monument so that he could sell copies.

This is the bust shown in Shakespeare’s Flowers (P139) by Clara Maria Pope, a painting commissioned by Soane that hangs in the Morning Room on the second floor.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk