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Abingdon, Alexander (fl. 1291–1316), sculptor, also known as ‘Imaginator’ or ‘le Imagineur’, is of unknown origins, though it has been conjectured that he trained in the masons' yard of Abingdon Abbey. He was a citizen of London at least from 1305, when his name appears in city records, but he was working in ...

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S. E. Fryer

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Acton, John Adams- (1830–1910), sculptor, was born on 11 December 1830 at Acton Hill, Middlesex, one of the two surviving sons and three daughters of William Adams, an artist, and his wife, Helen Elizabeth Humphreys. His sister Clarissa was also an artist, and exhibited at the ...

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John Adams- Acton (1830–1910) by Samuel Alexander Walker, pubd 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adams, Robert (1917–1984), sculptor and designer, was born on 5 October 1917 at Far Cotton, Northamptonshire, the youngest of the three children of Arthur and Emily Adams. From about 1930 to 1951 he lived in Hardingstone, near Northampton. He left school at the age of fourteen and did manual work but probably between 1937 and 1946 attended evening classes, part-time, in life drawing and painting at the ...

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Armitage, (William) Kenneth (1916–2002), sculptor, was born on 18 July 1916 at 11 Norman Place, Street Lane, Leeds, the only son among the three children of William Richard Armitage, oil merchant's cashier, later company director, and his wife, Lydia Emily, née Quin. Although he was born in ...

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(William) Kenneth Armitage (1916–2002) by Jorge Lewinski, 1964 © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Armstead, Henry Hugh (1828–1905), sculptor and illustrator, was born in Bloomsbury, London, on 18 June 1828, the fourth and youngest son of John Armstead, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Hugh Dyer of Belfast. John Armstead was a heraldic chaser and Henry Hugh Armstead...

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Henry Hugh Armstead (1828–1905) by John Evan Hodgson, 1884 Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections

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Bacon, John (1777–1859), sculptor, was born on 13 March 1777 in his parents' house in Newman Street, London, the second son of the sculptor John Bacon (1740–1799) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Wade (d. 1783). His elder brother, Thomas Bacon (b....