John Gibson

1790–1866

In Tate Britain
In Tate Britain

Biography

John Gibson (19 June 1790 – 27 January 1866) was a Welsh Neoclassical sculptor who studied in Rome under Canova. He excelled chiefly in bas-relief, notably the two life-size works The Hours Leading the Horses of the Sun and Phaethon driving the Chariot of the Sun, but was also proficient in monumental and portrait statuary. Gibson was elected a Royal Academician in 1836, and left the contents of his studio to the Royal Academy, where many of his marbles and casts are currently on display.

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Artworks

Features

Tate Papers

John Gibson and the Anglo-Italian Sculpture Market in Rome: Letters, Sketches and Marble

Alison Yarrington

John Gibson established a hugely successful sculpture studio in Rome, and despite strong reasons to return to London, such as ...

Tate Papers

Via della Fontanella 4: John Gibson’s Workshop in Rome

Anna Frasca-Rath

The studio of John Gibson was one of the largest workshops in Rome during the artist’s lifetime, serving as ...

Tate Papers

‘Men thinking, and women tranquil’: John Gibson’s Portraiture Practice

Roberto C. Ferrari and M.G. Sullivan

The sculptor John Gibson was a vocal critic of the genre of portraiture, and pitched his reputation around his classical ...

Tate Papers

John Gibson’s Friendship with Charles Eastlake and its Importance in Securing Gibson’s Reputation in London

Susanna Avery-Quash

This article traces the fifty-year friendship between John Gibson and the artist and writer Charles Eastlake. It focuses on their ...

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BP Spotlight: Bodies of Nature

Cora Gilroy-Ware

Bodies of (Human) Nature: Nymphs in British Art 1780–1840

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