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Andrea Soldi, 1703–1771, Italian, active in Britain (from ca. 1736)
John Michael Rysbrack Modelling His Terra-Cotta Statue of Hercules
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 45 3/16 x 35 3/4 inches (114.8 x 90.8 cm)

Signed and dated, lower right: "Aa Soldi Pinx | An 1753" and lower left: "Michael Rysbrack"

Label on verso, center: “Pitt & Scott Ltd. | 20/24 Eden Grove, London, N7 8ED | [handwritten] Mellon | 127”; center right: “L 278730 | [logo] | 38”; lower right: “Owner | Mellon, Mr. Paul | Artist Soldi, Andrea | A Port. of the Sculptor Michael | Title Ryabrack depicted with | the terracotta stat. Of Hercules | National Gallery of Art PM 6706”

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
artist | caliper | costume | Flemish | gesture | man | modeling (forming) | modello | portrait | sculptor | sculpture | statue | terracotta | tool
Associated People:
Rysbrack, (John) Michael (1694–1770), sculptor
On view
Exhibition History:
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Rysbrack (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 1982-03-06 - 1982-05-01)

Tate Centenary Development (Tate Britain, 2001-09-25 - 2004-04-23)

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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. 176, 178, fig. 201, NB466 .B355 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Michel Conan, Landscape design and the experience of motion, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., 2003, SB472.45 L366 2003 (HAAS)

Katharine Eustace, Michael Rysbrack, sculptor, 1694-1770, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol (Avon), 1982, p. 192, no. 97, fig. 20, NJ18 R973 E87 (YCBA)

Rita Geoke, Studien zum Kèunstlerbildnis des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts in England, Bd. 15, LIT, Mèunster, 2000, pl. 49, N7619.5 E5 G65 2000 (YCBA)

John Ingamells, Andrea Soldi, Part II , Connoisseur, V. 186, no. 749, July 1974, pp. 181-2, fig. 14, N1 C75 + (YCBA)

Simon Swynfen Jervis, Roman splendour, English arcadia : the English taste for pietre dure and the Sixtus cabinet at Stourhead, Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd, London, 2015, pp. 127, 129, fig. 150, NK2727 .J47 2015 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

John F. Kerslake, Early Georgian portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1977, p. 239 (v. 1), N1090 A591 (YCBA)

Angus Trumble, The Finger : A Handbook, , Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2010, p. 82, GT498.F46 T78 2010 (YCBA)

Ellis Waterhouse, Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters in Oils and Crayons, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1981, pp. 355-6, ND466 +W38 Oversize (YCBA)

Ellis Waterhouse, An Impressive Panorama of British Portraiture, Apollo, v. 105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 243, 245, fig. 12, N1 A54 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]

Ellis Waterhouse, Sculpture from the Paul Mellon Collection at the British Art Center at Yale, Burlington Magazine, vol. 119, May 1977, p. 351, N1 +B87 Oversize (YCBA)

David Wilson, A Very Early Portrait by Michael Rysbrack, the Earl of Macclesfield , Georgian Group Journal, v. 17, Georgian Group, 2009, p. 20, Fig. 2, NA966 G46 (YCBA)

David Wilson, Michael Rysback's Antique Head on Modern Shoulders, Georgian Group Journal, vol. 21, Georgian Group, 2013, p. 17-18, fig. 3, NA966 G46 (YCBA)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 17, N590.2 A82 (YCBA)

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of Important Old Master Paintings : 24 June 1970, Sotheby's, London, June 24, 1970, pp.84-65, Lot 109, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

Christie's Sale Catalogue: Catalogue of Important Pictures by Old Masters. 10 April 1970, Christie's, 1970, p. 55, Lot 94, Sales Catalogues (YCBA)

Michael Rysrack in His Studio (Art Reproduction), Connoisseur, Vol. 174, August 1970, p. 180, fig. 10, N1 C75 + (YCBA)

Andrea Soldi: A Checklist of His Work, Volume of the Walpole Society, Vol. XLVII, 1980, p. 15, fig. 56, N12 W35 A1 + (YCBA)

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 243, 245, fig. 12, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]

The British Augustan Oligarchy in Portraiture, Michael Rysbrack and his Bust of the Earl of Orkney , British Art Journal, vol. 11, no. 2, 2010/11, pp. 42, 45, Pl. 3, N6761 B74 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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