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    Sale 2249

    The Scholars Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection Part II

    30 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 324

    John Michael Rysbrack (Antwerp 1694-1770 London)

    Study for a statue of John Locke

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    John Michael Rysbrack (Antwerp 1694-1770 London)
    Study for a statue of John Locke
    traces of black chalk, pen and black ink, brown wash, heightened with white
    6 3/8 x 2¾ in. (161 x 70 mm.); and Dutch School, 17th Century, Studies after reliefs on two classical sarcophagi; Flemish School, 17th Century, A putto on a pedestal; French School, 18th Century, after Bernini, A study of a sculpture of a saint (recto); Study for a ceiling design (verso); and Italian School, 17th Century, The personification of Abundance (5)

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    J. Harris first suggested that the Rysbrack sketch was for his statue of the great philospher John Locke at Christ Church, Oxford in a letter to Professor Held dated 29 April 1964. The statue was made between 1754-58, and there is a version in terracotta at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In his 1971 publication Harris noted a sheet of three studies for the statue in the Art Institute of Chicago (J. Harris, p. 200, no. 1).


    M.I. Webb, Michael Rysbrack Sculptor, London, 1954. pp. 169-70.
    J. Harris, Catalogue of British Drawings for Architecture, Decoration, Sculpture and Landscape Gardening 1550-1900 in American Collections, Upper Saddle River, 1971, p. 200, no. 2, pl. 148 (1).