Friday 22 January 2016

The Folger Library Marble Bust of Shakespeare by Roubiliac.

A Marble bust of William Shakespeare
by Louis Francois Roubiliac.
The Fordham Marble bust of William Shakespeare
Provenance: Acquired by AR Fordham's grandfather in 1859,
sold Sotheby's, Lot 54, on 15 November 1929.
Perhaps Lot 74, sold on the fourth day of the Roubiliac Sale on Saturday 15th May 1762.
Given that there are no marble versions of the terracotta Davenant (Garrick Club) and Matthew Maty (British Museum) busts extant or mentioned elsewhere this is a very distinct possibility.
Life Size Marble.
 Attributed to Louis Francois Roubiliac.
Information and Photograph courtesy
The Folger Shakespeare Library.

201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
I am extremely grateful to Georgianna Ziegler
Assoc. Librarian and Head of Reference at the Folger Shakespeare Library
for providing me with these photographs.

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