Rysbrack, John Michael

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Rysbrack, John Michael (1694–1770). Flemish-born sculptor, who settled in England about 1720 and was soon making portrait busts for most of the leading men of his day, often using a classical style new to Britain, as in his statue of Sir Robert Walpole as a Roman senator, in Houghton Hall (Norfolk). A prolific artist, especially skilful in handling equestrian subjects, for instance his William III in Bristol, his approach was simple and dignified. Although Roubiliac overtook him in popularity, Rysbrack remained a formidable rival. There are numerous monuments in Westminster abbey and other examples of Rysbrack's work in the Royal Collection, cathedrals, noble houses, and galleries throughout Britain.

June Cochrane

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