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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Louis François Roubiliac (1702-1762), Sculptor

Sculptor; born in Lyons probably of Huguenot parents; believed to have studied under Nicolas Coustou (1658-1733) in Paris; came to England soon after 1730, worked for Sir Henry Cheere and for Jonathan Tyers before setting up independently, c.1737; visited Rome, 1752, with Thomas Hudson; chief exponent of rococo style in England, his work includes important busts such as Ligonier and Hogarth (q.v.) and monuments of Handel (q.v.), the Duke of Argyll, etc. in Westminster Abbey.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.