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

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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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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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Banks, Thomas (1735–1805), sculptor, was born on 22 December 1735 in Kennington, south London, and baptized in St Mary, Lambeth, on 18 January 1736, the eldest of the three sons of William Banks, later landscape gardener, land steward, and surveyor to the fourth duke of Beaufort...

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Bates, Harry (1850–1899), sculptor, was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on 26 April 1850, the fifth of eight children of Joseph and Anne Bates. After brief training as an architect's clerk, he served as an apprentice (c.1866) and then as an employee (1869–79) of ...

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Bayes, Gilbert (1872–1953), sculptor, was born on 4 April 1872 at 6 Oval Road, Gloucester Road, St John's Wood, London, the third of four children of Alfred Walter Bayes (1832–1909), a painter and etcher, and his wife, Emily Ann (née Fielden; fl...

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Behnes, William (1791x7–1864), sculptor, was born in London, the eldest of the three sons of a piano maker, of Hanover, Germany, and his English wife. He may have been the ‘William Bennes’ who was born in Portman Square, Middlesex, on 13 December 1791 and baptized at ...

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Bell [née Hamilton], Maria, Lady Bell (1755–1825), painter and sculptor, was born on 26 December 1755 in Chelsea, Middlesex, and baptized on 28 December at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, the daughter of William Hamilton, an architect of Scottish descent, and his wife, Sarah...

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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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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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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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Sir Thomas Brock (1847–1922) by Ralph W. Robinson, 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brock, Sir Thomas (1847–1922), sculptor, was born on 1 March 1847 at Worcester, the only son of William Brock, a builder and decorator, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of William Marshall. He was educated at the Government School of Design, Worcester, and then served an apprenticeship in modelling at the ...

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Bullock, George (1784/5–1818), sculptor and cabinet-maker, was the fourth son of James Bullock and his second wife, Sibylla, of Bristol, the owners of a travelling waxworks. His elder brother, William Bullock, became an artist, naturalist, explorer, and museum proprietor; a sister, Mary Ann...

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Burman, Thomas (1617/18–1674), sculptor and metal-engraver, was born, according to an inscription on his tomb, in 1617 or 1618. He was apprenticed to Edward Marshall under the auspices of the Masons' Company of London in 1632 or 1633. From 1649 onwards he is recorded as living in ...

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Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781–1841) by Thomas Phillips, 1818 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chantrey, Sir Francis Leggatt (1781–1841), sculptor, was born at Jordanthorpe, Norton, Derbyshire, on 7 April 1781 and baptized in Norton parish church on 27 May, the younger son of Francis Chantrey (1748/9–1793), a tenant farmer and carpenter of Norton, and his wife, Sarah, ...

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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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