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John Gibson (1790-1866), Sculptor

Sitter in 25 portraits
Artist associated with 12 portraits
John Gibson, a sculptor who had no formal training, arrived in Rome in 1817 to become an apprentice in the studio of Antonio Canova, Italy's leading sculptor. It was there that he met fellow apprentice, Richard James Wyatt who became a life-long friend. Establishing a studio together, the two would begin the working day with breakfast at Caffé Greco, the regular haunt of the British academy members. Drawing his inspiration from Rome's plethora of antique sculptures, Gibson gradually perfected a distinct neoclassical style that would make his name in both Rome and London. Despite his continued stay in Italy, the Royal Academy elected him a Royal Academician in 1836.

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John Philip Kemble

by John Gibson
bronze bust, 1814
NPG 149


Walter Savage Landor

by John Gibson
plaster cast of bust, 1828
On display in the Sculpture Gallery at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 1950


Walter Savage Landor

by John Gibson
marble bust, 1828
NPG 2127


William Roscoe

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after a marble relief by John Gibson
etching, (1813)
NPG D5839


William Huskisson

by Domenico da Roma Marchetti (Domenico Merchetti), published by L. Camia, after John Gibson
line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D36413


William Van Mildert

by Richard James Lane, after John Gibson
lithograph, 1842
NPG D38816


William Van Mildert

by Richard James Lane, after John Gibson
lithograph, 1842
NPG D21987


William Van Mildert

by Richard James Lane, after John Gibson
lithograph, 1842
NPG D22295


William Roscoe

by Maxim Gauci, printed by Francis Moser, published by Colnaghi & Co, after a marble relief by John Gibson
lithograph, published 15 December 1819 (1813)
NPG D39869


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