Marble

The traditional favourite of stone carvers, easy to carve and one of the most luxurious stones. Marble comes in an infinite variety of colours, depending on where it is quarried, and polishes to a fine finish. From the Renaissance to the nineteenth century white Italian marble was favoured for its resemblance to surviving classical pieces. Alabaster is one of the softest types of marble. When newly quarried it is easily worked on but it gradually hardens with exposure to air.

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Alexander Pope, by John Michael Rysbrack, 1730 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexander Pope
by John Michael Rysbrack
1730
NPG 5854

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, by Louis Francois Roubiliac, 1745 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
by Louis Francois Roubiliac
1745
NPG 5829

Louis Francois Roubiliac, attributed to Joseph Wilton, circa 1761 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Louis Francois Roubiliac
attributed to Joseph Wilton
circa 1761
NPG 2145

Elizabeth (nee Farren), Countess of Derby, by Anne Seymour Damer (nee Conway), circa 1788 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth (nee Farren), Countess of Derby
by Anne Seymour Damer (nee Conway)
circa 1788
NPG 4469

Mary Anne Clarke (nee Thompson), by Lawrence Gahagan, 1811 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Anne Clarke (nee Thompson)
by Lawrence Gahagan
1811
NPG 4436

Richard Payne Knight, by John Bacon the Younger, 1814 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Payne Knight
by John Bacon the Younger
1814
NPG 4887

Queen Victoria, replica by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1841 (1839) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Victoria
replica by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
1841 (1839)
NPG 1716

Charles Cowden-Clarke, by Unknown artist, circa 1843-1854 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Cowden-Clarke
by Unknown artist
circa 1843-1854
NPG 4506

Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble), by Thomas Campbell, 1843 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble)
by Thomas Campbell
1843
NPG 642

John Gibson, by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer,  - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Gibson
by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer
NPG 5342

T.E. Lawrence, by Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler, 1929 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

T.E. Lawrence
by Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler
1929
NPG 5016

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