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Attributed to the Workshop of Michael Rysbrack

Bust of Oliver Cromwell

Auction Closed

March 22, 07:15 PM GMT

Estimate

30,000 - 50,000 EUR

Lot Details

Description

Attributed to the Workshop of Michael Rysbrack

Antwerp 1694-1770 London

Bust of Oliver Cromwell


marble, on a granite base

bust: 61cm., 24in.

base: 12cm., 4¾in.

This lot has been imported under a temporary artistic importation license. Please refer to the specialist department for further information about export procedures and shipping costs.

Flemish by birth, Michael Rysbrack arrived in London in 1720, having trained under Michiel van der Voort I in Antwerp. He worked for many years with the celebrated architect James Gibbs, collaborating on numerous important funerary commissions, including one for a pair of figures of the muses Clio and Euterpe for the tomb of the poet Matthew Prior. Flanking a bust of Prior by the great sculptor to the French royal court, Antoine Coysevox, these elegant statues launched Rysbrack’s reputation. The British public were captivated by the Fleming’s inventiveness and soon he could count Lord Burlington, Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, and, of course, Sarah, 1st Duchess of Marlborough, amongst his most loyal patrons. Sarah Churchill’s patronage led him to create one of his most important tombs, that of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim, as well as busts of both the Duke and Duchess, and a life-size statue of Queen Anne. Rysbrack’s greatest public commission was his equestrian statue of King William III in Queen Square Bristol of 1733-1736, which he won in the face of younger, and increasingly fashionable, competition from Peter Scheemakers. Important works by Rysbrack can be found in many of the world’s leading museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


The present bust of Cromwell is derived from Rysbrack's historicising portrait of the English leader, of which the prime terracotta version is in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich (inv. no. SCU0014).


This lot has been imported under a temporary artistic importation license. Please refer to the specialist department for further information about export procedures and shipping costs.

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