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John Flaxman (1755–1826) by George Romney, 1795 [, modelling the bust of William Hayley (1745-1820)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Flaxman, John (1755–1826), sculptor, decorative designer, and illustrator, was born on 6 July 1755 in York, the second son of three children of John Flaxman (1726–1795), a minor sculptor and producer of plaster casts and models, and his first wife, formerly Miss Lee (...

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Gibbons, Grinling (1648–1721), woodcarver and sculptor, was born on 14 April 1648 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, one of four known children of James Gibbons (fl. 1637–1659), draper, and Elizabeth Grinling (fl. 1637–1659). Both his parents were English. James Gibbons had been admitted to the freedom of the ...

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Grinling Gibbons (1648–1721) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1690 The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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Robert Thompson (1876–1955) by unknown photographer, c. 1950 by kind permission of Robert Thompson's Craftsmen Ltd

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Thompson, Robert [known as the Mouseman of Kilburn] (1876–1955), woodcarver, was born on 7 May 1876 at Kilburn Hall, Kilburn, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the sixth son and seventh of the eight children of John Thompson (c.1832–1895), village joiner, and his wife, ...