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Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor

Sitter in 11 portraits
Artist associated with 267 portraits
The most outstanding sculptor of his generation, Chantrey executed portrait busts, public monuments and memorials. His success was the result of his study of character, combining direct observation with simplicity of form. Chantrey had little formal training. He was born of a poor family in Sheffield and only established himself in fashionable society in 1809 when he married into money and set up a studio in London. In 1811, the exhibition of his bust of the radical John Horne Tooke made his name. For the rest of his life Chantrey never wanted for commissions. He bequeathed his fortune for the establishment of a 'public national collection of British fine art', the foundation of the Tate Gallery.