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Fullard, George (1923–1973), sculptor, was born on 15 September 1923 at 2 Court 1 Hazel Road, Darnall, Sheffield, the youngest of the five children of George Fullard (1886–1952), a coalminer, and his wife, Henrietta Matthias (1886–1953). His early social environment considerably influenced the drawings and sculpture he produced in later life. Notably, he acknowledged this when, remarking that his growing up had been 'like living in a sculpture', he referred to the labyrinthine backyards of ...

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Gabo, Sir Naum [formerly Neyemiya Borisovich Pevzner] (1890?–1977), sculptor, was born on 5 August, probably in 1890 and also probably in Klimovichi, Mogilev, in provincial south-west Russia (now in Belorussia), the seventh of the eight children of Boris Grigoryevich Pevzner...

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Sir Naum Gabo (1890?–1977) by Nina and Graham Williams [at Carbis Bay studio] © Nina Williams; Tate Gallery Archive

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Gilbert, Sir Alfred (1854–1934), sculptor and goldsmith, was born on 12 August 1854 at 13 Berners Street, off Oxford Street in London, the eldest of the four children of Alfred Gilbert (1828–1902), an organist and editor of eighteenth-century musical texts, and his wife, ...

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Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854–1934) by Ralph W. Robinson, 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Swan, John Macallan (1847–1910), painter and sculptor, was born on 9 December 1847 at Brentford in Middlesex. His parents, Robert Wemyss Swan, a civil engineer, and Elizabeth Macallan, were both Scottish. Swan's sister Alice Macallan Swan (1864–1939) was also a gifted artist and was trained by her much older brother ...

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Thornycroft, Sir (William) Hamo (1850–1925), sculptor, was born on 9 March 1850 at 39 Stanhope Street, Regent's Park, London, the sixth of the seven children of Thomas Thornycroft (1815–1885), sculptor, and his wife, Mary Thornycroft (1809–1895), sculptor, daughter of the sculptor John Francis...

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Sir (William) Hamo Thornycroft (1850–1925) by J. P. Mayall © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wheeler, Sir Charles Thomas (1892–1974), sculptor, was born on 14 March 1892, in Church Lane, Codsall, Staffordshire, the second son of the five sons and one daughter born to Samuel Phipps Wheeler (b. c.1860), a freelance journalist who ran a small company, and his wife, ...

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Wood, Francis Derwent (1871–1926), sculptor, was born on 15 October 1871 at Eskin Place, Castlerigg, St John's, Keswick, Cumberland, fourth child of Alpheus Bayliss Wood, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pencil mill manager (d. c.1908), and Ann Mary, daughter of John Hornby Maw...