Biography of John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770

On 24 Jun 1694 John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 was born in Antwerp.

After 1708. All Saints Church Maiden Bradley. Monument to Edward Seymour 4th Baronet Seymour 1633-1708. Sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770; white marble reclining figure in front of tablet with pediment with cherubs, scrolled pediment with arms over. Powdered Wig. Heeled Shoes. Buckled Shoes.

On 05 Jul 1714 Robert Shirley 1692-1714 (21) died of smallpox. Monument in Holy Trinity Church Staunton Harold. Elbow Reclining Figure. Powdered Wig. Heeled Shoes. Possibly by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (20).

1720. Church of St Rumbold Stoke Doyle. Monument to Edward Ward Judge 1638-1714 (82) sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (25) in 1720 and was erected in 1725 during the rebuilding of the church. Elbow Reclining Figure in Judges's Robes. Ionic columns with Pediment. Arms at top being Ward impaled with his wife's Elizabeth Papillon 1658- (61); her arms having three butterflies being a pun on her surname Papillon. Powdered Wig. Heeled Shoes. Buckled Shoes.

On 20 Mar 1727 Isaac Newton Scientist 1642-1727 (84) died unmarried. He was buried at Scientist's Corner Westminster Abbey on 28 Mar 1727. The inscription on his John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (32) monument reads "Here is buried Isaac Newton, Knight, who by a strength of mind almost divine, and mathematical principles peculiarly his own, explored the course and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, the tides of the sea, the dissimilarities in rays of light, and, what no other scholar has previously imagined, the properties of the colours thus produced. Diligent, sagacious and faithful, in his expositions of nature, antiquity and the holy Scriptures, he vindicated by his philosophy the majesty of God mighty and good, and expressed the simplicity of the Gospel in his manners. Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race! He was born on 25th December 1642, and died on 20th March 1726."

In 1728 John Vanderbank Painter 1694-1739 (33). Portrait of John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (33).

1732. Monument to John Palmer 1612-1679 at Church of St Mary Magdalene Ecton sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (37).

On 25 Jan 1733 Gilbert Heathcote 1st Baronet Heathcote 1652-1733 (81) died. His son John Heathcote 2nd Baronet Heathcote 1689-1759 (44) succeeded 2nd Baronet Heathcote. Monument in St Mary's Church Edith Weston. Sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (38).

Before 1733. Michael Dahl Painter 1659-1743. Portrait of Gilbert Heathcote 1st Baronet Heathcote 1652-1733.

On 01 Feb 1743 John Dutton 2nd Baronet Dutton 1684-1743 (59) died. He was buried in Church of Saint Mary Magdalene Sherborne. Monument with full figure of man leaning on an Urn sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (48).

In 1726. Michael Dahl Painter 1659-1743. Portrait of John Dutton 2nd Baronet Dutton 1684-1743.

After 13 Nov 1746. Hasting's Chapel St Helen's Church Ashby de la Zouch. Monument to Theophilus Hastings 9th Earl Huntingdon 1696-1746. The bust in the roundel of his wife Selina Shirley Countess Huntingdon 1707-1791 sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770. The monument was designed by William Kent. The obelisk sculpted by Joseph Pickford. The epitaph was written by Henry St John 1st Viscount Bolingbroke 1678-1751.

In 1745 Andrea Soldi Painter 1703-1771. Portrait of Theophilus Hastings 9th Earl Huntingdon 1696-1746 and Selina Shirley Countess Huntingdon 1707-1791 and their two children. Around 1735 Charles Jervas Painter 1675-1739. Portrait of Henry St John 1st Viscount Bolingbroke 1678-1751. Before 28 May 1745 Johnathan In 1718. Charles D'Agar Painter 1669-1723. Portrait of Henry St John 1st Viscount Bolingbroke 1678-1751.

In 1753 Andrea Soldi Painter 1703-1771 (50). Portrait of John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (58).

1755. Monument to Watkin Williams-Wynn 3rd Baronet Williams-Wynn 1692-1749 (63).

His widow Lady Frances (34) chose Michael Rysbrack (60) to erect her husband’s monument in the classical style. The Agreement was made on the 21 March 1750 and cost £485. The long Latin inscription was composed by William King 1685-1763 (69), principal of St Mary’s Hall, Oxford.

The size of the monument created a problem. A Faculty was granted to Lady Frances (34), in 1753, to add a chapel at the south east end of the church, adjacent to the chancel "… to make erect and build a handsome convenient Isle or building… in order to erect monuments seats and pews therein and making a burying vault underneath the same or otherwise to apply the same to Godly purposes" .The work was carried out in 1755.

Before 1733. Michael Dahl Painter 1659-1743. Portrait of Watkin Williams-Wynn 3rd Baronet Williams-Wynn 1692-1749. In 1740 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of Watkin Williams-Wynn 3rd Baronet Williams-Wynn 1692-1749. Around 1768. Joshua Reynolds 1723-1788. Portrait of Watkin Williams-Wynn 4th Baronet 1749-1789 and his mother Frances Shackerley Lady Williams-Wynn 1721-1803.

On 16 Nov 1758 Nathaniel Curzon 4th Baronet Curzon 1676-1758 (82) died. His son Assheton Curzon 1st Viscount Curzon Penn Buckinghamshire 1730-1820 (28) succeeded 5th Baronet Curzon of Kedleston in Derbyshire. Esther Hanmer Baroness Curzon -1764 by marriage Lady Curzon of Kedleston in Derbyshire. In 1763. He was buried in All Saints Church Kedleston. Monument sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (64).

Around 1728 Johnathan Around 1739 Andrea Soldi Painter 1703-1771. Portrait of Mary Assheton Baroness Curzon 1694-1776 and her children Nathaniel Curzon 1st Baron Scarsdale 1726-1804 and Assheton Curzon 1st Viscount Curzon Penn Buckinghamshire 1730-1820.

On 20 Jan 1760 Caroline Cavendish Countess Bessborough 1719-1760 (40) died. Monument in Derby Cathedral sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (65).

After 31 Mar 1761. Monument to John Palmer 1695-1761 at Church of St Mary Magdalene Ecton sculpted by H Cox. Bust by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770.

On 08 Jan 1770 John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (75) died in Vere Street Marylebone.

On 24 Nov 1781 Thomas Wyndham 1st Baron Wyndham 1681-1745 (99) died unmarried. Baron Wyndham of Finglass extinct. Monument at Salisbury Cathedral sculpted by John Michael Rysbrack 1694-1770 (87).

Most of the memorials were moved from the earlier church. The oldest, dated 1490, is a brass to Geoffrey Sherard and his wife. There is a black and white marble tomb chest dated 1640. The chest bears two life-size reclining effigies and is carved with images of eleven children. There are a number of busts of members of the Sherard family. The finest memorial is that of the 1st Earl by John Michael Rysbrack. It is dated 1732 and consists of a seated woman with a child, and a half-reclining man, all in Roman clothing. There is also a memorial tablet and a hatchment to the 6th Earl, dated 1859.