Thursday, 30 April 2015

       Marble bust of Princess Amelia Sophia Eleanor (1711 - 86), 
   2nd daughter of George II. by Louis Francois Roubiliac. c.1740.

                       Signed below her left shoulder L.F.Roubiliac Scit, ad vivum.


                                             In the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

The former owner told Mrs K. Esdaile (Louis Francois Roubiliac - pub Oxford 1928) that the bust had been given by William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, to his sister Lady Caroline Waldegrave, daughter of the 3rd Earl Waldegrave. Her mother had been a Lady of the Bedchamber to the Princesses Amelia and Caroline, and the latter had been left £4,000 in the Princess's will.

Height: (bust): 58.0 cm, Height: (socle): 14.8 cm. Width: (whole): 48.5 cm.

Malcolm Baker in Figured in Marble, pub.V and A Studies, 2000. notes the inclusion in the sale of William Smith, lot 82 - 25 Feb, 1800, - two sculptural figures in marble, laughing and crying boys. These are followed immediately by a bust of Princess Amelia. This could be the bust above or possibly a terracotta study.

Princess Amelia by Jean Baptiste - van Loo c.1738.
Private Collection.
After Hans Hysing, engraved by John Faber the Younger, pub John and Thomas Bowles. c.1730.
After the Original by Philip Mercier, printed and published by John Simon c.1730.
After Hans Hysing, engraved by John Faber c.1730.
Published by Elizabeth Bakewell c. 1760.
All engraved images from British Museum.
Princess Amelia, Princess Anne and Princess Caroline by Phillipe Mercier 1728
At Hertford Magistrates Court, Hertford, Hertfordshire U.K.
Detail of Princess Amelia.