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John Bacon the Elder (1740-1799), Sculptor

Sitter in 9 portraits
Artist associated with 5 portraits
John Bacon the Elder was a sculptor, responsible for some important monuments, and a variety of statues in London and elsewhere. He was born in Southwark, son of a clothworker, learnt modelling under a porcelain maker in Lambeth, and by 1867 had become a modeller for Mrs Coade's Lambeth factory, while studying at the Royal Academy Schools. He later also worked for Wedgwood. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1770, and full Academician in 1777, and it was from around this time that he began to win major commissions for sculptural works, including in 1779 the monument to Chatham in Westminster Abbey. His son, John Bacon the Younger, was also a sculptor.

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6289

John Bacon the Elder

by William Bate, after Mason Chamberlin
enamel on copper, (1785)
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6289

D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D10716

D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D36021

D12044

John Bacon the Elder

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 15 September 1809 (13 April 1793)
NPG D12044

D12140

John Bacon the Elder

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 15 September 1809 (13 April 1793)
NPG D12140

D7456

John Bacon the Elder

by A. Roffe, after John Russell
stipple engraving, published 1830
NPG D7456

D2907

John Bacon the Elder; Samuel Johnson (on reverse)

by Joseph Shepherd Wyon, and after John Bacon the Elder
bronze medal, 1864
NPG D2907

D16070

John Bacon the Elder

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after John Russell
line engraving, circa 1800-1825
NPG D16070

D20272

John Bacon the Elder

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 15 September 1809 (13 April 1793)
NPG D20272