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John Michael Rysbrack (1694 - 1770), sculptor

Model for the marble bas relief, ‘The surrender of the French after the Battle of Blenheim’ (in the Chapel of Blenheim Palace)

c.1730-33

Terracotta relief, in a narrow neoclassical frame probably designed by John Soane

Museum number: BR28

Curatorial note

The marble relief for which this is the terracotta model forms part of the monument to John, 1st Duke of Marlborough (†1722), designed by William Kent, in the Chapel of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (see also A53).

In the scene, modelled in high relief, two Field-Marshals, on horse-back, face each other in the middle of the composition. Marlborough on the left, the French Marshal, Tallard, on the right. Behind each Field-Marshal is a group of mounted figures. On Marlborough’s side, the nude seated figure of a wounded man is in the foreground in high relief. Further to the left a corpse lies on the ground. On Tallard’s side, a French soldier in a pointed hat carries the colours about to be surrendered. The composition is closed on the right by a blasted tree. In the centre of the panel, on the ground, are two draped drums.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk