RYSBRACK, John Michael
(b. 1694, Antwerpen, d. 1770, London)

Monument to Sir John Dutton

1749
Marble
Shernborne, Dorset

The developing English school of sculpture received a fillip in the second and third quarters of the eighteenth century with several influential artists from abroad, some of whom came for a short time while others stayed virtually for life. Two two most outstanding of these were Michael Rysbrack and François Roubiliac (1702-1762). Rysbrack came to England in his mid-twenties in about 1720, and by the next decade established his position as a leading sculptor - especially for portrait busts and monuments for which he was well patronized. He worked in the international Franco-Italian style and produced works of more than ordinary quality.