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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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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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Beverley, Robert of (d. 1285), master mason and sculptor, is first recorded in 1253, when he received £1 12s. for carving four vault-bosses for Westminster Abbey. In 1259 he was paid 3s. per week while working at Westminster Palace under Master John of Gloucester...

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Bird, Francis (1667–1731), sculptor, was born in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Nothing is known of his parentage. He enjoyed an exceptionally cosmopolitan sculptural education: at the age of eleven he was sent to Flanders to train, where, according to Vertue, he worked under a statuary named ...

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Boehm, Sir (Joseph) Edgar [formerly Josef Erasmus Böhm], baronet (1834–1890), sculptor, was born on 4 July 1834 in Vienna, the youngest son of Josef Daniel Böhm (1794–1865), court medallist, engraver, and director of the imperial mint at Vienna, and his wife, Maria Aloysia Lussman (1797–1839)...

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Sir (Joseph) Edgar Boehm, baronet (1834–1890) by J. P. Mayall, pubd 1884 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bonomi, Joseph (1796–1878), sculptor and Egyptologist, and his twin sister, Mary Anne Bonomi (1796–1872), were born at 76 Great Titchfield Street, London, on 9 October 1796, the eighth and ninth but fourth and fifth surviving children of Joseph (Giuseppe) Bonomi (1739–1808), architect, and ...

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Henri Alphonse Séraphin Marie Gaudier- Brzeska (1891–1915) self-portrait, 1912 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brzeska, Henri Alphonse Séraphin Marie Gaudier- (1891–1915), sculptor and draughtsman, was born on 4 October 1891 at Vomimbert, St Jean-de-Braye, on the outskirts of Orléans, France, the only son and eldest of the three children of Germain Gaudier (1864–1934) and Marie-Alexandrine, née Bourgoin (1865–1954)...

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Carew, John Edward (c. 1782–1868), sculptor, was born at Tramore, co. Waterford. Nothing is known about his early life, though his father was probably a sculptor. He is reputed to have received some instruction in art in Dublin before moving to London in 1809, when he became an assistant to the sculptor ...