Diplomat Charles Stuart is shown with bare shoulders and unnervingly blank eyes in this marble bust by French sculptor Denis Foyatier. The bust was commissioned by Stuart while serving his first term as British Ambassador at Paris.
Denis Foyatier was born at Bussières in the Loire. His father was a weaver, who later worked as a farmer. After studying a design course at Lyon, Foyatier entered the École National Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris. At 26 he won a scholarship to the French Academy in Rome. A royal commission in 1828 for a marble version of his sculpture ‘Spartacus’, which he had begun in Rome, helped to secure Foyatier’s career. He also produced paintings. Foyatier died at the age of 70 and is buried at the Petit-Clamart cemetery on the outskirts of Paris. Sadly several of his works were melted down during the Second World War. His son, Jules Blanchard, also became a sculptor. Examples of his work are in the Louvre and at Versailles.
Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779-1845) diplomat
height: 64.50 cm, width: 30.00 cm
Purchased from Christie's, 5 July 1949
R: Foyatier F.S.T.[?] Roma 1823
Presumably commissioned by diplomat Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779-1845); by descent to Montagu Henry Edmund Cecil Towneley-Bertie, 13th Earl of Lindsey and 8th Earl of Abingdon (1887-1963) and Elizabeth Valetta Towneley-Bertie, Countess of Abingdon, of Highcliffe Castle, Dorset; by whom sold through Christie’s, London, on 5 July 1949, ‘Contents of Highcliffe Castle’ sale (Lot 276); from which sale purchased by ‘Walker’ (Richard Walker) on behalf of the Ministry of Works
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