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.
Princess Sophia, Electress of Hanover
by John Michael Rysbrack
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
by Louis François Roubiliac
Richard Payne Knight
by John Bacon the Younger
replica by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
1841, based on a work of 1839
Charles Cowden Clarke
attributed to Thomas Heathfield Carrick
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