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Creator:
John Michael Rysbrack, 1694–1770, Flemish, active in Britain (from 1720)
Title:

Peter Tillemans

Former Title(s):

Bust of a Man, Probably Pieter Tillemans

Date:
1727
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
27 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, 73.5 lb. (69.9 x 47 x 22.2 cm, 33.3 kg) and 6 inches (15.2 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Incised on back of bust: "Mel/ Rysbrack f. 1727"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, partial Gift of Cyril Humphris
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.35
Classification:
Sculptures
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
man | portrait
Associated People:
Tillemans, Peter (c. 1684-1734), painter and draughtsman
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1480
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When John Michael Rysbrack arrived in London from Antwerp he was particularly admired as a modeler, and his early reputation was established by the quality of his terracotta models. This bust represents the fellow Flemish expatriate Peter Tillemans, a sporting and landscape painter. It was commissioned by a British patron, the cleric and collector Dr. Cox Macro, a loyal client of both Tillemans and Rysbrack. Upon Tillemans’s death, Macro commissioned a self-portrait from Rysbrack, also in terracotta, making them a pair (the self-portrait is now at Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands). This bust of Tillemans was originally displayed in a special niche at the top of the stairs in Macro’s country seat, Little Haugh Hall in Suffolk.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Malcolm Baker, The marble index : Roubiliac and sculptural portraiture in eighteenth-century Britain, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 83, 84, 85, 163-64, 182, NB466 .B355 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]


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