National Portrait Gallery - Roubiliac

National Portrait Gallery National Portrait Gallery - Roubiliac


Site: National Portrait Gallery (18 memorials)

WC2, Charing Cross Road

This building, 1896, designed by Ewan Christian, has 18 busts contained in medallions around the top of the facades. Starting at the east end of Orange Street and reading clockwise:
Facing north up Charing Cross Road: Chantrey, Lawrence, Reynolds, Hogarth, Roubilliac, Kneller, Lely, Van Dyke, Holbein.
Around the corner, facing east: Walpole, Clarendon, Fuller.
Facing north beside the entrance: Lodge, Faithorne, Granger.
Facing east, above the entrance are represented the three men chiefly responsible for the Gallery's existence: MacAulay, Stanhope, Carlyle.

2019: The Guardian reported on plans to move the entrance to this museum from the east side of the building round to the north side, where the Irving statue is.

2023: Londonist reported that the north entrance is now open and boasts three sets of doors etched with artworks by Tracy Emin. These show faces of 45 women, not specific or identifiable figures but, as the artist is quoted: "it's up to the viewer to discern what they feel and what they see or who they see..." Londonist sees 'The Doors' as "a direct challenge to/balancing act with the slew of Portland stone busts carved into the building’s original façade, featuring 18 men .."

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
National Portrait Gallery - Roubiliac

Subjects commemorated i

Louis François Roubiliac

Sculptor. Born Lyon. Made his reputation in 1749 with the tomb of the Duke of...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
National Portrait Gallery - Roubiliac

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Nearby Memorials



EC3, Seething Lane, 35, Walsingham House

This is is the site of Walsingham's mansion, where he died in 1590.  In 1656 the Navy Office was erected.  Follow that link for more info...

1 subject commemorated
Nehru bust

Nehru bust

WC2, India Place, India House

In April 2009 this statue was beheaded, allegedly by protestors from an unauthorized Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam demonstration.

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
President Lincoln bust

President Lincoln bust

EC3, Royal Exchange Buildings, Royal Exchange

Easily missed, this bust was brought to our attention by IanVisits.  It's at the eastern entrance to the building.

1 subject commemorated, 3 creators
Drill Hall - head 2 - Scots soldier

Drill Hall - head 2 - Scots soldier

W1, Chenies Street, Drill Hall

In the spandrels above the entrance door: "Bloomsbury Rifles Pro Patria Semper" ('for my country always'). The technique used for this le...

Colonial Office - B15 - Wilberforce

Colonial Office - B15 - Wilberforce

SW1, Whitehall, Foreign Office

Statues Hither and Thither has been invaluable in identifying some of the busts and most of the statues.The statues are not labelled and ...

1 subject commemorated, 2 creators