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Relief - George Frederick Handel
  • George Frederick Handel
    Roubiliac, Louis-François
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George Frederick Handel

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750-1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roubiliac, Louis-François (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Modelled terracotta

  • Museum number:

    A.11-1961

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 24, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case 1

The composer George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) is shown in bust form in high relief, wearing a long flowing wig. Roubiliac made a number of images of the celebrated German composer, who spent much of his working life in London. Roubiliac himself was a native of France, and his first known independent work in England after his arrival in 1730 was the full-length marble statue of Handel made for Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in 1738 (now in the V&A, inv. no. A.3-1965). The V&A also has on long-term loan a bronze roundel of Handel by Roubiliac, which is related, though not exactly the same as, the present terracotta. The funerary monument to Handel by Roubiliac is in Westminster Abbey.

Physical description

The composer George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) is shown in bust form in high relief, wearing a long flowing wig.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1750-1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Roubiliac, Louis-François (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Modelled terracotta

Dimensions

Diameter: 28.6 cm

Object history note

Purchased under the bequest of Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1961, from Messrs Peel and Humphris, Bond Street, London, for £250.

Historical significance: Roubiliac made a number of images of the celebrated German composer, who spent much of his working life in London. Roubiliac himself was a native of France, and his first known independent work in England after his arrival in 1730 was the full-length marble statue of Handel made for Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in 1738 (now in the V&A, inv. no. A.3-1965). The V&A also has on long-term loan a bronze roundel of Handel by Roubiliac, which is related, though not exactly the same as, the present terracotta. The funerary monument to Handel by Roubiliac is in Westminster Abbey.

Descriptive line

Relief, terracotta, portrait of George Frederick Handel, by Louis-François Roubiliac, England, ca. 1750-1760

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

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, pp. 117-118, cat.no. 160
Mallet, J.V.G., "Some Portrait Medallions ny Roubiliac", in: Burlington Magazine, CIV, April 1962, pp. 153-8, and fig. 23

Materials

Terracotta

Categories

Portraits; Sculpture; Reliefs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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