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Statuette - Sir Anthony Van Dyk

Sir Anthony Van Dyk

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (cast)
    1743 (modelled)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rysbrack, John Michael (sculptor)
    Genneau, L (cast-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.23-1955

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette and it's companion (V&A mus. no. A.24-1955) both form a pair. These statuettes were identified by Margaret Whinney as those formerly in the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth, Grove End Road, London.
On acquisition this statuette and its companion figure were thought to be by Rysbrack. They are now to be known as cast after a model by Rysbrack of about 1743. This present piece is possibly cast by L. Genneau in ca. 1850.
In the late 1740s Rysbrack produced models of some earlier Flemish artists, including the the present Van Dyck, Rubens and Duquesnoy. These seem to have been reproduced in plaster and lead during Rysbrack's lifetime. This bronze version however almost certainly dates from the 19th century.

Rysbrack (1694-1770) was born in Antwerp, and trained in the Netherlands, but spent his working life in Britain. He was one of the most important sculptors active in this country in the first half of the 18th century, and specialised in portrait busts and funerary monuments. Although he never visited Italy, many of his works are clearly indebted to classical archetypes. His terracotta models are particularly fine, and are often virtually finished pieces in their own right.

Physical description

The subject, who wears costume of the early 17th century with lace collar and cuffs, stands with his weight on his left leg, the right extended forward. He holds his cloak against his hip with his right hand. His left is extended free of the body. Behind him is a half-column, draped with a fringed coverlet, which is not embroidered (contrast the Rubens). In front of the plinth lie a scroll, a painter's palette and an antique medallion on a chain.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (cast)
1743 (modelled)

Artist/maker

Rysbrack, John Michael (sculptor)
Genneau, L (cast-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 58.9 cm

Object history note

Bought (with A.24-1955) for £120. These two form a pair. These statuettes were identified by Margaret Whinney as those formerly in the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth, Grove End Road, London. The pair of bronzes were included in Christie, London, 24 November 1955, lot 15.

Historical significance: On acquisition this statuette and its companion figure were thought to be by Rysbrack. They are now to be known as cast after a model by Rysbrack. This present piece is possibly cast by L. Genneau.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, English, after a model by Rysbrack from about 1743, possibly cast by L. Genneau in ca. 1850

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 144, cat.no. 198
Penny, Nicholas. Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, Vol III, Oxford, 1992, p. 156
Whinney, Margaret. English Sculpture : 1720 - 1830 / Victoria and Albert Museum, London, London : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1971, p. 46
Webb, M. Michael Rysbrack Sculptor, London, 1954, p. 226

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Bronze; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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