British bronze sculpture founders and plaster figure makers, 1800-1980
A selective resource, 2nd edition October 2015 (*new entry). Contributions welcome, to Jacob Simon at [email protected] Last updated March 2018.
This is a selective listing of bronze sculpture founders and plaster figure makers active in Britain from about 1800, with individuals in business before 1800 treated in summary detail. 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. Researched and written by Jacob Simon (1st edition February 2011, 2nd edition October 2015). Additional entries by Elaine Cordingley and Conor Lucey.
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.
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With many thanks to Duncan James for generously providing detailed information on works by individual 19th-century bronze founders, to Peter Malone, who shared his research on plaster figure makers, leading to the inclusion in this resource of Brugiotti, Caproni, Cockaine, Franchi, Landi, Sani and Vago, and to Bruno Caproni who provided information on the birth and christening at Barga of various figure makers. With thanks also to Ian Jenkins and Steve Parlanti. Others whose pioneering work stands out include Terry Cavanagh and Sir Timothy Clifford. Acknowledgement is also made to researchers named in individual 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), 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 at http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/index.php.
In this 2nd edition many entries have been revised and extended. Foundries added including those of Alfred Barnard, Bronze Age Sculpture Casting Foundry, Conrad Bührer, Coalbrookdale Company, Michael Gillespie, Holman's, George Mancini, Baron Carlo Marochetti, H.H. Martyn & Co, John O'Neill, and Rundell & Bridge. Additional plaster figure makers include Giovanni Bianchi, David Crashlay, Robert Cummins, John Pierotti, Francis Pitsala and Alessandro Ramingo. There are also added entries for the Flaxman Gallery, the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy.