John Gibson

Welsh sculptor (1790 - 1866), a leading exponent of Neo-Classicism and the central figure in the Anglo-Roman School

Son of a Welsh market gardener who settled in Liverpool when Gibson was nine, he was apprenticed to a cabinet-maker then a stonemason. He trained under the Sculptor F A Lege and from 1810 was exhibiting drawings and models at the Liverpool Academy. His first patron was art collector William Roscoe (1753 - 1831) and he made copies of Old Master drawings in Roscoe's Collection. He went to London in 1817 to continue his studies of Greek and Roman sculpture and met the sculptor John Flaxman (1755 - 1826). That same year he travelled to Italy and in Rome met Antonio Canova (1757 - 1822) who offered to support him.

Gibson studied with Canova and at the Accademia di San Luca and under Canova's guidence produced his first original work in Rome, 'The Sleeping Shepherd Boy', now in the Royal Academy Collection, London. He also received instruction from Bertel Thorwaldsen (1770 - 1844). Like Canova and Thorwaldsen, Gibson sought to achieve ideal beauty in sculpture through the study both of the human form and of antique Greek and Greco-Roman originals.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
    British: Welsh
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Wales: Conway
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy; Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded

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