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Christmas family (per. c. 1610–c. 1640), sculptors, woodcarvers, and pageant artificers, were active in London. Gerard Christmas (bap. 1576, d. 1634) was born into a family that lived on the eastern edge of the City of London and may have come from ...

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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