Louis François Roubiliac
Louis François Roubiliac
by Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière)
oil on canvas, 1762
49 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1257 mm x 1003 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Louis François Roubiliac (1702-1762), Sculptor. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist associated with 13 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Adrien Carpentiers (Carpentière, Charpentière) (active 1739-died 1778), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This painting presents Roubiliac absorbed in his own creative drama, working on a terracotta of Shakespeare. His shirt, open at neck and wrist, suggest he is gripped by creative inspiration: worldly matters like decorum are forgotten. 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).
Linked publicationsback to top
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 237
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 536
Events of 1762back to top
Current affairsBirth of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) on 12 August. Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle resigns as Prime Minister over foreign policy and is succeeded by the Tory John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. Many of Newcastle's followers are dismissed over the following months in what becomes popularly known as the 'Massacre of the Pelhamite Innocents'.'Cock Lane ghost' appears in Smithfield, London.
Art and scienceJames MacPherson publishes Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem, said to be the work of the third century Scottish bard Ossian, initiating the greatest literary hoax of the century.Sign-Painters Exhibition is organised in London by Bonnell Thornton to ridicule recently established public art exhibitions. Artist William Hogarth publishes The Times Plate 1; an anti-war satire.
InternationalPhilosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau publishes his major works The Social Contract and Emile; influential treatises on society and education. Peter III of Russia is reputedly assassinated as a result of a conspiracy led by his wife Catherine, who succeeds him to the throne as Catherine II (later the Great). Seven Years' War: The British commander John Manners Marquess of Granby distinguishes himself at the Battle of Manila.
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