Item 001/49 - Dr. Richard Busby after John Michael Rysbrack

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GB 2014 WS-03-PIC-001/49


Dr. Richard Busby after John Michael Rysbrack


  • [19th Century] (Creation)

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1 item, Plaster bust

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Head Master Rutherford first commissioned a marble bust of Dr. Busby by the sculptor Stirling Lee to commemorate the bicentenary of Busby's death in 1895 (see the Governing Body Minutes, 1894, p. 312). The whereabouts of this bust is not known. A second bust of Busby was presented to the school in 1945 by Benjamin C Boulter (OW), who found it in a shop in Cheltenham. This was a copy of the Rysbrack original at Christ Church, which in turn was based upon the fine effigy of Busby by Fr. Bird in the Abbey. This gift was stolen in 1980 and replaced with the present bust, a copy from the Christ Church bust.

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His head is inclined slightly to the left; he wears an academic robe and collar with a scull cap.

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Access to collection items is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including Data Protection.

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A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School

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23" high

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Westminster School Archive

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  • English


  • Latin


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