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John Gibson RA

Royal Academy of Arts, London

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A British Sculptor in Rome

John Gibson (1790–1866) was the most successful British sculptor of his generation. Born in Conwy, Wales, he moved to Italy in 1817 and settled in Rome where he studied with the famous neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova before setting up his own studio in the city. By the time he made his first return visit to the UK in 1844, ‘Gibson of Rome’ was a famous artist and soon became one of Prince Albert’s favourite sculptors, producing several portraits of Queen Victoria. Read more.

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Narcissus (1838), John Gibson. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Narcissus (1838), John Gibson. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Monument to Lady Leicester: Angel carrying infant and leading mother to heaven (c. 1844), John Gibson. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Monument to Lady Leicester: Angel carrying infant and leading mother to heaven (c. 1844), John Gibson. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Portrait of John Gibson, R.A. (c. 1850), Sir Edwin Landseer.

Portrait of John Gibson, R.A. (c. 1850), Sir Edwin Landseer. Photo; © Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond

Cupid pursuing Psyche (before 1843), John Gibson. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Cupid pursuing Psyche (before 1843), John Gibson. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London

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