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Bust of an Englishman

Artist:
Peter Anton von Verschaffelt (Flemish, Ghent 1710–1793 Mannheim)
Date:
1740
Culture:
Flemish, carved in Rome
Medium:
Bust: Carrara marble; socle: gray marble
Dimensions:
Height (bust): 29 3/4 in. (75.6 cm); Height (socle): 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, C. Michael Paul Gift, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 549
A letter from Jean-François de Troy, director of the French Academy in Rome, to Philibert Orry, director of the royal buildings in Paris, dated August 26, 1740, mentions Verschaffelt as a young sculptor whose portrait of "an English milord" showed great promise.
Signature: On back edge of bust: P. VERSCHAFFELT. F[ACIE]BAT ROMAE 1740
Vicomte Paul de Courtivron , Paris ; Marquise de Blangy, née de Courtivron ; L. Neumann, Esq. , London (until 1919; sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, July 2, 1919, no. 181); [ Wildenstein and Co., Inc. , Paris, until 1978; sold to MMA ]
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