British bronze sculpture founders and plaster figure makers, 1800-1980

A selective directory, to be revised and expanded regularly, 1st edition February 2011. Contributions and corrections are welcome, to Jacob Simon at jsimon@npg.org.uk.

Introduction Resources and bibliography

Bronze sculpture founders: a short history Plaster figure makers: a short history


This is a selective directory of bronze sculpture founders and plaster figure makers active in Britain from about 1800. It focuses on those whose work is represented in major collections or is on display in significant public spaces. Works are to be found in London unless otherwise stated.

Format of individual entries
Name, business addresses, dates. Nature of business.
Business and biographical information.

Summary account of works in museums or on display in public spaces.
Sources: see Resources and bibliography

Cross-references to other businesses are indicated by adding ‘(qv)’ after the relevant name. Addresses are taken from annual publications such as trade directories or periodicals except where monthly or daily publications or precisely dated documents are available. No adjustment has been made to street addresses to allow for the situation that many directories were compiled late in the year preceding the title date. This means that a supplier may have begun and ended business a year earlier than indicated here. Overlaps and gaps in date sequences for addresses reflect the availability of evidence. Many streets were renamed and sometimes renumbered in the 19th century and as far as possible this is indicated in the listings.

Acknowledgements: With many thanks to Duncan James for generously providing detailed information on works by individual 19th-century bronze founders and to Peter Malone, who shared his research on plaster figure makers, leading to the inclusion in this directory of Brugiotti, Caproni, Cockaine, Franchi, Landi, Sani and Vago. With thanks also to Ian Jenkins and Steve Parlanti. Other names which stand out for their pioneering work include Terry Cavanagh and Sir Timothy Clifford. Acknowledgement is also made to researchers named in individual directory entries. At the National Portrait Gallery, Olivia Oldroyd undertook initial work as an intern into various sources including the account book of Fernando Meacci. Thanks are also due to Carol Morgan at the Institution of Civil Engineers and to James Sutton and Marjorie Trusted at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Attention is drawn to three projects, the pioneering series of volumes, Public Sculpture of Britain, published by Liverpool University Press from 1997, Ingrid Roscoe’s A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851 (2009), being made available online, and the project, Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, jointly undertaken by the University of Glasgow, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Henry Moore Institute, available online from February 2011 at http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/index.php.