Saturday 22 November 2014

Portrait of Rysbrack

Portrait of John - Michael Rysbrack

 Authors photograph.

Described on the FotoLibra website as Johannes Michel or John Michael Rysbrack (1693-1770)
by John Vanderbank (1694-1739).

The Statue in the back ground appears to be a reverse version of Du Quenoy's Saint Susanna completed 1633; in the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome.

Saint Susanna, Pantheon, Stourhead, Lifesize, Plaster.

Michael Rysbrack, (1693 - 1770) c.1729, Jonathan Richardson, the elder (1665 - 1745).

Height: 29." , Width: 25.5" approx.

                                                     Bequeathed by Captain H. B. Murray, 1910

Captain Murray bought the picture for 16 guineas at a sale at Christie's on 5th December 1908, where it was lot 107. The name of the previous owner is not given in the sale catalogue.

Victoria and Albert Museum.


John Michael Rysbrack, after Unknown artist, after 1770 - NPG D21338 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Engraved Vignette
Unknown author
National Portrait Gallery

John Cheere - Sculpture at Kirkleatham

The  Bronzed Plaster Busts supplied by John Cheere 
to Chomley Turner at Kirkleatham Hall, Yorkshire in 1749.

Currently in deep store at the York Museums Trust and unavailable for inspection until Autumn 2015.

Plaster bust of Joseph  Addison (1672 - 1719). Height 16.5" Perhaps from a lost bust by Roubiliac
See Friedman, Man at Hyde Park....

Plaster bust of Addison at Stourhead.


Lead Bust of Addison probably by John Cheere from a photograph taken in 1917 of Heywood House, Ballinakill, co. Laois, Ireland. 

The garden was redesigned and furnished from about 1909 by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Lt. Col. Sir William Hutchinson Poe. 

This bust was one of four - the others were Cicero, Shakespeare and Handel. Size is difficult to determine probably three quarter life size. The house was destroyed by fire in 1950. They have disappeared - see my blog entry for - 21 January 2014.

Photograph courtesy Country Life Photo Archive.-


Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626) Height 22". loosely based on the Roubiliac terracotta at Wilton House, for the marble of 1751 in the Library at Trinity College, Cambridge.
See Friedman, Man at Hyde Park...

Bacon, by Roubiliac, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Dr Samuel Clark (1672 - 1729). Height 22". There is a patinated lead bust at Beningborough Hall, National Portrait Gallery by Jamé Verhych, 1719. 23 5/8 in. (600 mm) high. (see below).

There is also a mezzotint of a bust of Clark by John Faber Jr, after unknown Sculptor described as done after the marble bust for her majesty's Hermitage in the Royal Garden at Richmond - mezzotint, circa 1725-1750. (see below).

Dr Samuel Clark, 
Jamé Verhych, 1719. 

Beningborough Hall, National Trust.

Dr Samuel Clark, Mezzotint, c.1740.


William Congreve (1670 - 1729), Dramatist, 

Height 16.75". 

 Perhaps loosely based on a portrait by Kneller.


   John Dryden (1631 - 1700).

 Height 16"

Another similar plaster but with slightly different detailing to the clothing is at Stourhead, Wiltshire. 

Based on the marble in Westminster Abbey or another version at Hagley Hall.

Dryden, Stourhead, Height 22" approx.

Dean Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745) Height 15.5"

All Images above courtesy of York Museums Trust.

Low resolution photograph of a group of Cheere Type plaster busts - Prior, two as yet unidentified, possibly Sappho, Milton and Locke at Clandeboys House, Bangor County Down, Ireland.

Note Socles of the type popularised by Bartolomeo Cavaceppi and Nollekins. circa 1770.

These socles appear on later casts after Cheere.