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. He is famous for his statues of Sir Robert Peel (Westminster Abbey), William Huskisson (St George's Square) and Queen Victoria (Houses of Parliament). 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.
Tate PapersJohn Gibson established a hugely successful sculpture studio in Rome, and despite strong reasons to return to London, such as …
Tate PapersThe studio of John Gibson was one of the largest workshops in Rome during the artist’s lifetime, serving as both …
Tate PapersThe sculptor John Gibson was a vocal critic of the genre of portraiture, and pitched his reputation around his classical …
John Gibson’s Friendship with Charles Eastlake and its Importance in Securing Gibson’s Reputation in LondonThis article traces the fifty-year friendship between John Gibson and the artist and writer Charles Eastlake. It focuses on their …
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