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A frame containing six casts of various elements from Rysbrack's marble relief of 'The Surrender of the French after Battle of Blenheim', in the Chapel at Blenheim Palace.

Plaster cast

Museum number: A53

Curatorial note

Soane owned the small-scale terracotta model (Museum number BR28) by Rysbrack for his relief at Blenheim. The Soane Museum 1837 AB inventory describes these full-size casts as '... six casts from the marble in the Chapel at Blenheim [Palace] taken for the purpose of restoring the parts defective in the Terracotta model in the Breakfast Room'. It is fascinating that Soane should have been in a position to acquire these casts for this purpose and then that they should have been treated as works of art in their own right, painted in imitation of terracotta, mounted in a frame and put on display in the Lobby to the Breakfast Room (they were reinstated in their original position there in 2016 when the space was restored).


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