Bust of Roubiliac by Joseph Wilton

This bust shows the sculptor at the end of his life when he was plagued by financial troubles.


66 cm
Art Fund grant:
£650 ( Total: £650)
Acquired in:

The head is turned three quarters left, he wears a loose cap and coat with frogged braid. It was formerly considered to be a self-portrait but is now attributed to Joseph Wilton. Roubiliac was one of the most accomplished sculptors working in England in the 18th century. He made his name with his statue of Handel in Vauxhall Gardens in 1737, which was later bought for the V & A with the help of the Art Fund in 1965.


Family of Roubiliac. Sold at Roubiliac's death but bought back by his grand-daughter in the mid 19th century.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

Entry details

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