Thursday 15 February 2024

Hewetson in Rome (part 22). Angelica Kauffman

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An Irish Sculptor in Rome in the late 18th Century (Part 22).

 Maria Anna Angelica Kaufmann (1741 - 1807).

Marble Herm Bust.

by Christopher Hewetson (- 1798)

Angelica Kauffman, an Austrian by birth made her fortune in London and resided in Rome from 1782 until her death in 1807.

These two images are the best photographs of this bust currently available to me.

The Monument to Angelica Kauffman in the Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Schwarzenberg, Vorarlberg, Austria.

A bust of Angelica Kauffman was set up in the Pantheon in Rome. It was moved with other busts to the Primoteca Capitolina in 1820. This was the posthumous bust carved by Peter Kauffman (1764 - 1829) see the image below. Kauffmans bust was based on the Hewetson Bust.


Plaster cast of the bust of Angelica Kauffman.


Angelica Kauffman.

by Peter Kauffman (1764 - 1829) (Johann Peter Kaufman). Although described as her cousin it appears that he was a more distant relation

Marble bust.

sculpted posthumously 1808.

This bust appears to be a very loose copy of the Hewetson bust.

After a few years working in Paris, he obtained financial support from the Elector of Bavaria, Charles Theodore, that enabled him to study in Rome, where he worked with Bertel Thorvaldsen and Antonio Canova. He also became acquainted with the painter, Angelica Kaufmann, a distant cousin. 

They supported each other, and she left him a consideration in her will. He would stay in Rome for over twenty years and, at an unknown date, married Barbara Garzes, of Spanish origin. They had two sons: the elder, Ludwig (1800-1855), also became a sculptor.

Info Wikipaedia (needs to be checked).

A bust of Angelica Kauffman was set up in the Pantheon in Rome. It was moved with other busts to the Primoteca Capitolina in 1820.


Angelica Kauffman.

Peter Kauffman.

Herm type marble bust.

This bust is in the Neue Pinakothek, Munich.

It was acquired in 1808 from the sculptor by Crown Prince Ludwig


Angelica Kauffman.

A modern plaster copy.

after the bust in the Neue Pinakothek, Munich.


Angelica Kauffman - Self Portraits

Hewetson in Rome (Part 21). The Kniphausen Busts.


Herr and Frau von Kniphausen (sometimes Knyphausen).

A Pair of Marble Busts.

by Chistopher Hewetson.

The bust of Herr von Kniphausen is inscribed Christoforus Hewetson Hibernus Fecit 1783.

The bust of Frau von Kniphausen unsigned.

Provenance - in the sitters family at Schloss Tamsel Custrin, Brandenberg.

These busts have not been seen since before 1945.

In 1945 the castle was briefly the headquarters of the Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov. The castle largely escaped destruction during the war.

They were recorded at the Schloss Tamsel, Brandenburg in 1937, in Den Kunstdenkmaler der Provinz Brandenberg Stadt: und Landskreiss Landsberg Warthe. Vol VII/3 1937 page 218.

Currently these are the best images available.

Information and the images here taken from Christopher Hewetson, by Brian de Breffny, Irish Arts Review (1984-1987), Vol. 3, No. 3 (Autumn, 1986), pp.


A Plaster version of this bust of Frau Knyphausen was recorded in a private collection in Berlin in Thieme Becker's Allgemeines Lexicon der Bildenden Kunstler, Leipzig 1907 1950 under the entry for Hewetson. It states that the bust was signed and dated 1784.

Its whereabouts today remain unknown.