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Louis François Roubiliac

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Louis François Roubiliac, attributed to Joseph Wilton, circa 1761 - NPG 2145 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Louis François Roubiliac

attributed to Joseph Wilton
marble bust, circa 1761
25 1/2 in. (648 mm) high
Given by The Art Fund, 1927
Primary Collection
NPG 2145

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  • Joseph Wilton (1722-1803), Sculptor. Artist associated with 7 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.

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Born in Lyons, Roubiliac came to London in 1730 and made his name with his statue of Handel as Apollo, erected in Vauxhall Gardens in 1738 (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum). He was the chief exponent in sculpture of the rococo style in England, and was celebrated for his busts, which show a remarkable feeling for character, are varied in design, full of movement and exquisite in modelling. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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