Artist biography

Sir W. Goscombe JOHN 1860–1952

Sculptor, medallist and lithographer. Born 21 February 1860 in Cardiff, son of a stone-mason. The architect Burgess aroused his enthusiasm for Gothic architecture. Studied at Cardiff School of Art and assisted his father in the restoration of Cardiff Castle. Came to London 1882 and worked with a firm of masons; studied at Lambeth School of Art and at the R.A. Schools. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1884. Won a Travelling Scholarship 1889; travelled in Italy, Spain, Greece and the Near East and worked in Paris under Rodin. A.R.A. 1899, R.A. 1909. His works include many monuments, the equestrian figure of King Edward VII in Liverpool and the Silver Jubilee Medal 1935. Awarded the R.B.S. Gold Medal 1942. Died in London 15 December 1952.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I