Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Bust - John Ray
  • John Ray
    Roubiliac, Louis-François, born 1702 - died 1762
  • Enlarge image

John Ray

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (Made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 - ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roubiliac, Louis-François, born 1702 - died 1762 (sculptors)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Boehm Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bust of the naturalist John Ray appears to be taken from the marble original by Roubiliac, one of a series of portraits of distinguished members of Trinity College, Cambridge. It appears to be cast from the marble itself and is not an eighteenth century multiple.

Ray (1627-1705) published important works on plants, animals and natural theology and is sometimes referred to as the father of English natural history.

Louis François Roubiliac (1702-1762) was one of the leading sculptors of his generation, and his busts and monuments are among the most important produced in Britain in the first half of the 18th century. He was born in Lyons, and probably trained in Dresden. He was later in Paris, but from 1730 he was based in London, apart from a brief visit to Rome in 1752.

Physical description

Plaster model, Bust of John Ray. Signed by 'L.F. Roubiliac Sc'.

Place of Origin

England (Made)


ca. 1875 - ca. 1890 (made)


Roubiliac, Louis-François, born 1702 - died 1762 (sculptors)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

inscribed on the base

'L.F. Roubiliac Sc'
Signed on both sides of the support


Height: 73 cm, Width: 54 cm, Depth: 30 cm, Weight: 19 kg

Object history note

Given by the executors of the late Sir J.E. Boehm, Bart., R.A.

Descriptive line

Bust, plaster, John Ray, by Louis François Roubiliac, ca. 1875-1890

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1892. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1893. pp. 224
Baker, M. 'The portrait sculpture' in McKitterick, D ed. The Making of the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge. Cambridge. 1995. pp. 133-4.
Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V& A Publications, 2002. pp. 126. cat. no. 176
Stocker. M. Royalist and Realist. The Life and Work of Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm. New York and London. 1988. pp. 422. no. 355.
Dawson, A. Portrait Sculpture. A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection, c. 1675-1975. London. 199. pp. 172. n.4 and 11 on pp. 173.




Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.