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Cibber, Caius Gabriel (1630–1700), sculptor, was born in Flensborg, Schleswig-Holstein, the son of a cabinet-maker to Frederick III, the Danish king. When he was about seventeen he journeyed to Italy, where he was influenced particularly by the works of Michelangelo and Giambologna. He travelled to ...

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Colt [formerly Poultrain or Poutrain], Maximilian (fl. 1595–1645), sculptor, was born at Arras. After a stay in Utrecht he went to England, probably as a protestant refugee. He was in London by 1595 and Anglicized his surname (his former name, Poultrain or Poutrain...

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Edwards, Joseph (1814–1882), sculptor, was born on 5 March 1814 at Ynysgau, Merthyr Tudful, Glamorgan, the son of John Edwards, a stonecutter. Joseph assisted his father in his business, showing exceptional ability from an early age. He had a limited education at local charity schools. At seventeen ...

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Gott, Joseph (1785–1860), sculptor, was born probably in London and was baptized on 11 December 1785 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the son of John Gott and his wife, Elizabeth, née Yarwood. He was apprenticed in London to the sculptor John Flaxman between 1798 and 1802 and entered the ...

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Gertrude Anna Bertha Hermes (1901–1983) self-portrait, 1949 © Simon Hughes-Stanton & Judith Russell; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hermes, Gertrude Anna Bertha (1901–1983), printmaker, sculptor, and designer, was born on 18 August 1901 at Altena, Bickley, Kent, the second of five children of German-born parents, Louis August Hermes (1866–1949) and his wife, Helene, née Gerdes (1872–1949), of Altena, near Dortmund. Her father, who had lived in ...

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Hewetson, Christopher (1737/8–1798), sculptor, was born at Thomastown, co. Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of Christopher Hewetson JP (d. 1744) and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Hewetson of Cloughsutton, co. Carlow. The Hewetson family can be traced back to Christopher Hewetson...

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Kearne, Andreas (fl. 1627–1641), sculptor, was probably German and may have been related to the Swabian sculptor Leonhard Kern (1588–1662). He was, however, also said to be a Dutchman and this may imply that he emigrated to England via the Netherlands and spent some time there. By June 1627 he was in ...

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Alexander Munro (1825–1871) by Arthur Hughes, c. 1870 © reserved; Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Munro, Alexander (1825–1871), sculptor, was born on 26 October 1825 and baptized on 12 November 1825 in Inverness, the son of John Munro (c.1800–1879), dyer, and Isabella Macbean (c.1801–1888). His talent for carving thick slate pencils as heads and figures attracted the interest of ...

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J. L. Caw

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Stevenson, David Watson (1842–1904), sculptor, was born at Ratho, near Edinburgh, on 25 March 1842, the son of William Stevenson, builder, and his wife, Margaret, née Kay. His younger brother, W. Grant Stevenson (1849–1919), was also a prolific sculptor, and his sister, Mrs Drew (...

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C. A. Harris

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Summers, Charles (1825–1878), sculptor, was born at East Charlton, Somerset, on 27 July 1825, the son of George Summers, mason, and his wife, Ruth (d. c.1840×45). His brother Joseph attained success as a musician, being awarded the degree of doctor of music, despite his artisan background. ...

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Campbell Dodgson

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Tate, Christopher Thomas (1811–1841), sculptor, born on 16 August 1811 in Drury Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, and baptized on 9 September at the nonconformist church of St Nicholas (later the cathedral) in the same city, was the third son of John Tate...