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Bust - Lord Chief Justice Robert Raymond (1672-1732)
  • Lord Chief Justice Robert Raymond (1672-1732)
    Cheere, Henry Sir, Bt, born 1703 - died 1781
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Lord Chief Justice Robert Raymond (1672-1732)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1732 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cheere, Henry Sir, Bt, born 1703 - died 1781 (sculptors)
    Roubiliac, Louis-François, born 1702 - died 1762 (sculptors)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 24, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case P2

The sitter is shown draped in a toga and with hair cropped in the classical manner. The bust is probably posthumous, but the detail of the mole on the left cheek indicates it was a relatively naturalistic portrayal. This bust may have been executed by Roubiliac when he was working in Henry Cheere's workshop, soon after his arrival in England.

Louis François Roubiliac (1702-1762) was one of the leading sculptors of his generation, and his busts and monuments are among the most important produced in Britain in the first half of the 18th century. He was born in Lyons, and probably trained in Dresden. He was later in Paris, but from 1730 he was based in London, apart from a brief visit to Rome in 1752.

Physical description

Marble bust of Lord Chief Justice Robert Raymon (1672-1732). This was knocked from its pedestal in 1975, resulting in a large chip under the right shoulder, which has been repaired.

The bust represents a bald man in late middle age with a mole on his left cheek. Shoulders and breast are draped in the classical manner. The edge of a pleated garment shows beneath the throat. Inscription on the back.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1732 (made)


Cheere, Henry Sir, Bt, born 1703 - died 1781 (sculptors)
Roubiliac, Louis-François, born 1702 - died 1762 (sculptors)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'ROBERTUS D.nus RAYMOND.Capital./Justic. Anglice, obiit XVIIIo. Martii/MDCCXXXII/Aetat. LX.'
'Robert Raymond, Lord Chief Justice of England, died 18 March 1732 at the age of 60'


Height: 60 cm

Object history note

Purchased by H.M. Calmann from the Filmer family of East Sutton, Kent at an unrecorded date. Purchased by Dr. W.L. Hildburgh F.S.A. from H.M. Calmann for £25. Given by Hildburgh in 1947 as a New Year gift.

Descriptive line

Bust, marble, Lord Chief Justice Robert Raymond (1672-1732), by Louis François Roubiliac, English, ca. 1732

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002. pp. 112-113. cat. no. 153
Baker, M. Figured in marble. The making and viewing of eighteenth-century sculpture. London, 2000. p. 82.
Whinney, M. Sculpture in Britain 1530 to 1830. 2nd ed. London, 1988. p. 453. note. 8 (1).
Whinny, M. English sculpture 1720-1830. London, 1971. p. 64.
[Entry] In: Colvin, H. M. A biographical dictionary of British architects.
Craske, M. The silent rhetoric of the body. New Haven, 2008. pp. 405-409.




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