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Louis François Roubiliac, 1702–1762

Francis Hayman [2015, YCBA]

Former Title(s):

Bust of a Man, Probably Francis Hayman

An Artist [1977, Waterhouse, Sculpture from the Paul Mellon Collection at the British Art Center at Yale]

ca. 1750
Materials & Techniques:
Overall: 25 × 22 × 12 inches (63.5 × 55.9 × 30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
man | portrait
Associated People:
Hayman, Francis (1707/8–1776), painter, engraver, and book illustrator
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Louis François Roubiliac was born in Lyons, France, and after training in the Paris Académie he moved to London in 1731. He first made a living subcontracting for other sculptors but soon established a reputation for portrait busts. His clientele was mostly of the middling sort: professionals, writers, artists, and designers, including artists associated with the St. Martin’s Lane Academy. This dynamic and finely modeled terracotta bust represents the painter Francis Hayman, captured informally, wearing an open shirt and a cap.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Roubiliac and Hayman had been friends at least since 1735, when the portrait painter John Ellys (1701-1757) and William Hogarth together revived the academy in St. Martin's Lane, where-with Hubert-François Gravelot (1699-1773) and John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1770)-Hayman and Roubiliac were recruited as teachers. The two shared many clients, such as Jonathan Tyers (whose family portrait by Hayman hangs nearby), as well as friends such as the actor-manager and playwright David Garrick.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

John Baskett, Paul Mellon's Legacy: a Passion for British Art: Masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 247, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, April 1977, p. 233, fig. 3, N1 .A54 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Alan Phipps Darr, Virtuoso carvings, Three Eigtheenth-century British portrait sculptures by Le Marchand, Roubiliac, and Chaffers , Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, vol. 83, 2009, pp. 40-49, V 2189 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ingrid Roscoe, A biographical dictionary of sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2009, pp. 1063, 1067, no. 84, NB496 B56 2009 (YCBA) (Wall Shelf 3) Yale electronic resource also available online: Orbis [YCBA]

Ellis Waterhouse, Sculpture from the Paul Mellon Collection at the British Art Center at Yale, Burlington Magazine, vol. 119, May 1977, p. 351, fig. 54, N1 +B87 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

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