Bust of Nicolas Coustou by Guillaume I Coustou

The sitter, dressed informally, looks to his right.

Details

Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
57 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £20,000)
Acquired in:
1969
Vendor:
Heim Gallery

Nicolas Coustou was the brother of Guillaume Coustou, both well-known sculptors extensively employed by Louis XIV and Louis XV at Marly, Versailles, and elsewhere. This bust probably dates from about 1710. A little earlier, from about 1700, the two brothers had been working together on the sculpture at Versailles. It is closely related to the terracotta bust of Nicolas Coustou by Guillaume Coustou in the Louvre, only differing from it in a few details. This was the first bust by Guillaume Coustou to enter an English public collection and is an early example of the realistic French 18th century portrait-bust, by the sculptor of the Horses of Marly in the Champs Elysees, Paris.

Provenance

M. Ambroselli

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

Entry details

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