Roubiliac arrived in London in about 1732. Half a dozen years later he has set up a studio in the French district west of the City. He will become famous for the life-like appearance of his carved portraits in marble.
Many of the people who commission work from him are Huguenots or have Huguenot connections. They include David Garrick the actor, who commissions a portrait of Shakespeare.
Roubiliac will make many fine sculptures for funeral monuments in Westminster Abbey.