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

Alexander Pope

1730
Marble, height 52 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexander Pope 1688-1744) was a poet and satirist of the English Augustan period, best known for his poems An Essay on Criticism (1711), The Rape of the Lock (1712-14), The Dunciad (1728), and An Essay on Man (1733-34). He is one of the most quotable of all English authors.

The English called on continental sculptors like the Frenchman Roubilliac and the Fleming Michael Rysbrack, to sculpt portraits of their famous men. Rysbrack's bust of Alexander Pope shows the satirist of London society as he really was: an austere, sullen-looking man.