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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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Mason Chamberlin

by John Bacon the Elder
marble relief, 1785
NPG 2653


Thomas Guy

after Francesco Bartolozzi, and after John Bacon the Elder
line engraving, (1779)
NPG D35083


King George III

by Samuel William Reynolds, after John Bacon the Elder
mezzotint, 1820 (1778)
NPG D9206


John Bacon the Elder; Samuel Johnson (on reverse)

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