Oval black basalt medallion with relief portrait of Johan de Witt (1625-1672) facing left, Born at Dort, the son of Jacob de Witt who strongly opposed William III, Prince of Orange. Johan as head of the Republican party sought to abolish the office of stadtholder, and a secret article in the treaty between Cromwell and de Witt, which terminated the war between England and Holland. His brother Cornelis falsely accused of conspiracy against the life of the Stadtholder, William, was imprisoned. Jan visited him in prison, where both men were attacked and killed by the mob. This relief is modelled by John Flaxman Sr. in about 1782.

Johan de Witt

John Flaxman, Sr., Wedgwood

About 1785