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Statuette - Archduke Ferdinand Carl of Tirol
  • Archduke Ferdinand Carl of Tirol
    Gras, Caspar, born 1585 - died 1674
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Archduke Ferdinand Carl of Tirol

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Innsbruck (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1648 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gras, Caspar, born 1585 - died 1674 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased by the John Webb Trust

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 117, case 1

This is one of a group of equestrian bronze statuettes of Habsburgs produced by Caspar Gras in about 1648. Until 1933, this version was in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, along with five others which remain in that collection. They belong to a type which originated among Giambologna's followers in Florence, particularly Pietro Tacca, who pursued an interest in the rearing horse in his equestrian statue of Archduke Leopold V of about 1630.
The rider, head, baton and sword are cast separately, following the practice first identified in Tacca's workshop to enable the horses and riders to be interchangeable.

Physical description

The Archduke is shown on horseback dressed in full armour carrying a baton and sword.

Place of Origin

Innsbruck (made)


ca. 1648 (made)


Gras, Caspar, born 1585 - died 1674 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 35.2 cm bronze group only

Object history note

Bought from Alfred Spero, Esq., for £194 (Webb Trust), in 1960.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, the Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Tyrol, by Caspar Gras (1568-1674), Austrian (Innsbruck), about 1648

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

Avery, Charles. 'Hubert le Sueur's Portraits of Charles I in Bronze, at Stourhead, Ickworth, and elsewhere', (National Trust Studies, 1979, pp. 128-147), reprinted in Studies in European Sculpture I, London, 1981, p. 202



Subjects depicted



Royalty; Sculpture; Bronze


Sculpture Collection

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