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Allegorical figure of Historia

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This terra cotta representing History was a model for one of two allegorical figures on a proposed funerary monument for John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll and Greenwich; it appears on a highly finished drawing for the project. One of the most successful sculptors working in England in the...

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Signed and dated: Michael Rysbrack 1744.


January 24-25, 1766, possibly in the posthumous Rysbrack sale, Langford and Sons, London, lot 71 [see note 1]. Private collection, Switzerland; March 19, 1997, anonymous (Swiss private collector) sale, Koller, Zürich, lot 505, to Alex Wengraf Ltd., London; 1997, sold by Alex Wengraf to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 1997) NOTES: [1] According to information provided by Wengraf (after research by Katharine Eustace) at the time the sculpture was acquired. Lot 71 in the artist's sale was "A [figure] of History."

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Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund

English, 1744


Overall: 48 x 30.5 x 26.4 cm (18 7/8 x 12 x 10 3/8 in.)

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