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Model - Female right hand

Female right hand

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    about 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This life-size terracotta model of a hand is one of a pair and is perhaps made by Louis François Roubiliac in ca. 1750. The hand would almost certainly have been used as a model, although no marble versions on monuments corresponding to it have been identified. It could alternatively have served as an example for students and assistants to copy. The Roubiliac sale from which these may have been purchased contained a number of anatomical models, including arms, legs, and knees.

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

Terracotta model, female right hand. The hand rests horizontally on a block.

Place of Origin

England (made)


about 1750 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques



Length: 30.5 cm

Object history note

In the possession of the Victorian painted and sculptor, Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905), father of the donor Mrs Reginald Pott, who gave the present piece together with a further five models for hands in 1944.

Descriptive line

Model, terracotta, hand (right female), one of a pair, perhaps by L.F. Roubilliac, English, ca. 1750

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

Baker, M, 'Roubiliac's models and eighteenth century English Sculptors' working practices' in Volk, P (ed.) Entwurf und Ansführung in der europaischen Barockplastik Munich, 1936, p. 64
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, p. 124, cat.no. 170



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