The Marble Index: Roubiliac
and Sculptural Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Britain
The Birmingham MP also has a painting of William Shakespeare by Louis-Franois Roubiliac
, a French artist best known for his sculpture, as well as a portrait by William Hoare of the 18th century Whig Prime Minister William Pitt, known as Pitt the Elder.
The image of Shakespeare is typically eighteenth-century as re-imagined by the sculptors Rysbrack, Scheemakers, Cheere, Roubiliac
and Banks, between 1735 and 1790.
Considered one of the best private collections in the world, this small museum contains works from Rembrandt, Titian, Poussin and Roubiliac
17) The design for the middle window was based on a statue created about 1745 by London-based French sculptor, Louis Francois Roubiliac
The exhibition, 'Fame and Friendship: Pope, Roubiliac
and the Portrait Bust', which opens this month at Waddesdon Manor (18 June-26 October), brings together eight versions by the sculptor Louis Francois Roubiliac
of the poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744; see Contents, p.
1730 A rarely-seen plaster life mask of Handel by Roubiliac
We might here simply note that Roubiliac
and Rysbrack are both recorded as having made self-portraits; that self-portrait sculptures by Giambologna, William Rush and Rodin exist; and that, in our own time in a great wave of self-portraiture, in addition to the three-dimensional self-portraits Hall includes in his final chapter, there are notable works by artists such as Marc Quinn--one version of Self, made from his own frozen blood, is in the National Portrait Gallery--and Ron Mueck, who began his career as a special effects artist.
Includes works by Degas, Rodin, Giambologna and Roubiliac
and new research.
26) This clock was finished by John Pyke, clockmaker to Frederick, Prince of Wales, and its elaborate case included reliefs in silver, based on models by Rysbrack and bronzes representing the seated figures of the four Grand Monarchies modelled by the French London-based sculptor Louis Franqois Roubiliac
Conservation work is ever pressing, none more so than on the 17th-century mirrors with verre eglomise borders at Drumlanrig which recently very nearly imploded--'terrifying indeed'--and on the fabulous Louis-Francois Roubiliac
family tombs in the church at Warkton, next to the Boughton estate, whose internal iron supports are badly corroded.
When the Ashmolean example was published in 1938, it was hypothesied that it represented Sophie Roubiliac
, daughter of the sculptor Louis-Francois Roubiliac
and, significantly, goddaughter of his fellow Hugenot emigre Nicholas Sprimont, proprietor of the Chelsea manufactory.