Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779-1845) diplomat

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: France
    City: Paris
    Place: British Embassy

    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.

  • About the artist
    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.
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    People
    Stuart, Charles, Baron Stuart de Rothesay
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    Materials & Techniques
    marble, bust (as object name), marble bust
  • Details
    Title
    Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779-1845) diplomat
    Date
    1823
    Medium
    Marble bust
    Dimensions
    height: 64.50 cm, width: 30.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 5 July 1949
    Inscription
    R: Foyatier F.S.T.[?] Roma 1823
    Provenance
    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
    GAC number
    803