On loan from The Royal Collection
Handel bust in Bedroom at Handel House Museum.
Royal Collection © 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Now on display at the Handel House Museum is a magnificent bust of George Frideric Handel, on loan from the Royal Collection.
The white marble bust was created around 1745-1755 by the French sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac (1702-1762), and has been in the possession of the Royal Family ever since. Handel’s life spanned the reigns of George I and George II, and he was a particular favourite of George III. It was the latter who installed this bust in pride of place in Buckingham House (later Buckingham Palace), above the organ in Queen Charlotte’s Breakfast Room.
The bust is one of a number of sculptures that Roubiliac made of Handel – he also created a full-length sculpture for the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (now on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum), and was commissioned to create Handel’s memorial in Westminster Abbey, where the composer is buried.
The bust will be on display in the bedroom of Handel’s house at 25 Brook Street until June 2013.