Laurent Delvaux

Marie-Agnès, the Artist's Wife

c. 1750
Delvaux trained in Antwerp and later worked in London and Rome before settling near Brussels, where he married Marie-Agnès Colas (1698–1764), a rich merchant. This profile view allows a close study of her features, depicted here with some tenderness. However, she cannot engage us in turn, and the result is a distant, but dignified memorial. Delvaux ran a large workshop and trained many of the next generation of sculptors. Among his pupils was the British artist Joseph Wilton, whose bust of General James Wolfe is on view nearby. Frame: running moulding. Flanders, original
Title
Marie-Agnès, the Artist's Wife
Date
c. 1750
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
marble
Dimensions
48.9 x 43.8 cm oval
Nationality
Flemish
Credit line
Purchased 1969
Accession number
15895