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

Description

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.

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