Inigo Jones (1573-1652)

White marble head and upper-torso bust of Inigo Jones attributed to Rysbrack (1693-1770), on a flared square socle of veined grey marble with indented corners.

Jones is shown looking slightly upward to his left, wearing a broad 'puritan' collar over a tunic closed with five buttons, and a skull cap over long hair falling behind his shoulders.

Rysbrack's prime marble bust of Jones was commissioned in about 1725, with one of Palladio, by the 3rd Earl of Burlington. Both these are now at Chatsworth. He also did another one of Jones for Henry Hoare at Stourhead about 1727, now unlocated.

Other copies were made by Rysbrack or his workshop in stone, marble and possibly terracotta. The model for all versions is ultimately either van Dyck's drawing of Jones (now at Chatsworth) or alternatively van Dyck's similar painting (now in the Hermitage Museum) but formerly at Houghton. This version is unusual in that Jones looks to his left, following both van Dyck's original drawing and painting. All other known busts look right, as in Robert van Voerst's engraving after the van Dyck drawing.

Jones devised dramatic court entertainments for James I and Charles I and pioneered the introduction of the classical architecture of Rome and the Italian Renaissance to England. He designed the first Italian-style buildings in England, including the Queen's House at Greenwich and the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace.

Object Details

ID: SCU0033
Collection: Sculpture
Type: Bust
Display location: Display - QH
Creator: Rysbrack, John Michael
Date made: Mid to late 18th century?
Exhibition: Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames
People: Jones, Inigo
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Overall: 749 mm x 508 mm

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