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John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

Artist:
John Michael Rysbrack (Flemish, Antwerp 1694–1770 London)
Date:
early to mid-1730s
Culture:
British
Medium:
White marble on white marble socle
Dimensions:
Overall (assembled, wt. confirmed): 36 5/8 in., 245 lb. (93 cm, 111.1 kg); Overall (bust only, wt. confirmed): 24 13/16 in., 155 lb. (63 cm, 70.3 kg); Overall (socle only, wt. confirmed): 90 lb. (40.8 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Director's Fund, Wrightsman Fund, in honor of Olga Raggio, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill, Hester Diamond, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Chilton Jr. Gifts, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.35
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the front in Latin with Marlborough’s titles and deeds:
IOHANNES / DUX MARLBURIENSIS / S.R. Imperij Princeps &c / Angliae et Bataviae Libertatum / periclitantuim Assertor. / Galliae Triumphantis / Domitor et Flagellum / Germaniae ruentis Liberator / ac Tutamen. / Qui, per acerrimum Decenne Bellum /’ Hostium copias Saepius aggressius, nunq: / non fudit, EorumqE oppida oppugnans / nunquam non expugnavit.

English translation of inscription inscribed on reverse of socle: IOHN Duke of MARLBOROUGH / Prince of the Roman Empire, & ca. / The Rescuer of the Liberties of / ENGLAND and HOLLAND / when in most Imminent Danger, The Subduer and Scourge of FRANCE when in its Height of Power, The Deliverer and Protector of GERMANY, When at the Point of Ruin, Who through the whole course, of A Ten Years Vigorous War, In Repeated Attacks, Upon the Enemies, Armies and Continual Assaults upon their Strong Townes, Never once fail’d of Success.
Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset ; by descent, Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset ; by descent, Elizabeth Percy (née Seymour), 1st Duchess of Northumberland ; by descent, George Percy, 5th Duke of Northumberland ; by descent, Duke of Northumberland ; [ their sale, Sotheby's, London , July 9, 2014, lot 12; sold to Tomasso Brothers Fine Art as agent for MMA ]; [ Tomasso Brothers Fine Art , Leeds; sold to MMA ]
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