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Peter Scheemakers (1691-1781), Sculptor

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 4 portraits
Sculptor. Born in Antwerp, he came to London and by 1725 entered into partnership with his countryman Laurent Delvaux (with whom he visited Rome, 1728-30). His reputation was established by his celebrated statue of Shakespeare, 1740, in Westminster Abbey, after a design by William Kent. A rival of Rysbrack, he had a large practice in monuments and busts; he retired to his native Antwerp in 1771.

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Unknown man, formerly known as John Hampden

attributed to Peter Scheemakers
terracotta bust, 18th or 19th century
NPG 146


William Harvey

probably after Peter Scheemakers
line engraving, (circa 1750-1775)
NPG D18820


Memorial to William Shakespeare for poets' corner in Westminster Abbey

after Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon), after Peter Scheemakers
etching, 1741
NPG D41656