Tuesday 25 November 2014

The Plaster Busts and a pair of Plaster Statuettes of Rubens and van Dyke at West Wycombe Park.

Alexander Pope, approx. 21" tall
Isaac Newton approx. 21" tall.
Locke, approx. 21" tall.
Milton approx. 21" tall.
Socrates, approx. 21" tall.
The busts all have the same socle of the type used by John Cheere -
 see the photograph of the Milton bust above.
Bronzed Plaster Statuette of van Dyck after Rysbrack - approx. 23" tall.
Bronzed Plaster statuette of Rubens after Rysbrack, approx. 24" tall.
Photographs very kindly supplied by Sir Edward Dashwood of West Wycombe Park.
Another view of the plaster statuette of van Dyck at West Wycombe Park.
This version is signed and dated 1743.
As far as I can tell this plaster statuette of van Dyck is unique bearing this inscription. The terracotta at Bristol Museum does not bear the same signature on the pedestal that he is leaning against.
The Stourhead versions are not signed and the York Museum Trust/Kirkleatham version is signed by Cheere
I am visiting West Wycombe shortly and will be able to take detailed photographs.
A much fuller investigation into the various versions of the Rysbrack statuettes of van Dyck, Rubens and du Quesnoy statuettes will follow on this blog in due course.
Photo Mark Sisley -

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