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Memorial relief - Memorial to Francis Musters, 1664-1680
  • Memorial to Francis Musters, 1664-1680
    Cibber, Caius Gabriel, born 1630 - died 1700
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Memorial to Francis Musters, 1664-1680

  • Object:

    Memorial relief

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cibber, Caius Gabriel, born 1630 - died 1700 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support and assistance from the Hugh Phillips Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This relief commemorates Francis Musters, who died at the age of 15. His father, Sir John Musters (d.1689), who almost certainly commissioned the monument, may well have known the renowned sculptor Cibber at Charles II’s court, since the sculptor was ‘carver to the kings closet’, and Sir John himself had a number of court connections.

Cibber was one ofthe leading sculptors active in Britain in the late 17th century. A native of Denmark, he studied in Italy before arriving in England in about 1660. Details of this sculpture, such as the finely carved lace cravat and the buoyant putti, are signs of the sculptor’s Continental training. The memorial was formerly in the parish church of St Mary, Hornsey, Middlesex, which was demolished and replaced by a modern church in 1969. The sculpted figurative relief is set within an elaborate framework.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1680 (made)


Cibber, Caius Gabriel, born 1630 - died 1700 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 152.4 cm, Width: 94 cm, Depth: 25.4 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Finch&Co, together with A.8:2-2003, for £75,000, with the help of the Central Fund and a donation of the National Art Collections Fund of £37,500.

Descriptive line

Relief, marble, memorial to Francis Musters, by Caius Gabriel Cibber, England, ca. 1680

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

Williamson, Paul, ‘Recent Acquisitions (2000-06) of sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London’, in: The Burlington Magazine, CXLVIII, December, 2006, p. 892, fig XII.


Sculpture; Death; Architecture; Reliefs


Sculpture Collection

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