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Oil painting - John Michael Rysbrack, Sculptor
  • John Michael Rysbrack, Sculptor
    Richardson, Jonathan the elder, born 1665 - died 1745
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John Michael Rysbrack, Sculptor

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1725-1735 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richardson, Jonathan the elder, born 1665 - died 1745 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Captain H. B. Murray

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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Michael Rysbrack (1693? - 1770) was a Belgian sculptor who worked extensively in England, including producing several monuments for Westminster Abbey. In this painting he is shown holding a work of sculpture; a bas-relief of a nude woman in the classical style.

The artist of this painting is unknown but it is in the style of the painter, writer and collector Jonathan Richardson who was a leading London portraitist in the early eighteenth century. His style was described by Sir Joshua Reynolds as ‘cold and hard’ and is considered better suited to male than female sitters.

Physical description

Oil painting on canvas, three-quarter-face, half-length, nearly life-size portrait of John Michael Rysback, sculptor. He is turning towards the spectator's right and looking towards the spectator. he is clean shaven and wears a blue cap, brown coat and white cravat. he holds a small bas-relief of a nude woman.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


ca. 1725-1735 (painted)


Richardson, Jonathan the elder, born 1665 - died 1745 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 29.125 in estimate, Width: 25.625 in estimate, :

Object history note

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.

Bequeathed by Captain H. B. Murray, 1910

Descriptive line

Oil on canvas, 'John Michael Rysbrack, Sculptor', style of Jonathan Richardson, ca. 1725-1735


Oil; Canvas


Oil painting


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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