Medallion, relief in ivory, probably by Gaspar van der Hagen, after John Michael Rysbrack, Britain, ca. 1740-69
Height: 10,5 cm
Sculpture, room 111
Probably at one time fixed to a box, along with other ivory reliefs (brought in for opinion to the V&A in 1970). Sold at Sotheby's, London, 8 December, 1988, lot 400 for £2970. Now on an anonymous loan to the V&A since 1992.
Probably by Gaspar van der Hagen, who was originally from Antwerp, and died in London in 1769. He worked in John Michael Rysbrack's workshop.
This historicising ivory relief was probably carved by Gaspar van der Hagen. Rysbrack's lifesize bust of Elizabeth I served as the model for this smaller relief version of the same subject. Van der Hagen (active London 1744 – York 1769) worked both in marble and in ivory. He seems to have concentrated in small ivory heads, some after full-size busts by John Michaerl Rysbrack (1694-1770). He was aparaently a native of Antwerp, who practised in London for most of his life. He may be indentical to the monogrammist GVDR. Rysbrack (1694-1770) was born in Antwerp, and trained in the Netherlands, but spent his working life in Britain. He was one of the most important sculptors active in this country in the first half of the 18th century, and specialised in portrait busts and funerary monuments. Although he never visited Italy, many of his works are clearly indebted to classical archetypes. His terracotta models are particularly fine, and are often virtually finished pieces in their own right.