John gibson ra 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. John gibson a british sculptor in rome uses letters plaster reliefs marbles drawings notebooks and objects he bequeathed to the royal academy some reproduced here for the first time to present a comprehensive account of gibson and his time in the workshop of canova the greatest of neoclassical artists. A john gibson 1790 1866 was the most successful british sculptor of his generation born in conwy wales he moved to italy in 1817 and settled in rome where he studied with the famous neoclassical sculptor antonio canova before setting up his own studio in the city. John gibson born june 19 1790 gyffin caernarvonshire wales died jan 27 1866 rome papal states italy british neoclassical sculptor who tried to revive the ancient greek practice of tinting marble sculptures in 1804 gibson was apprenticed to a monument mason in liverpool where he remained until 1817. John gibson a british sculptor in rome john gibson a british sculptor in rome 27 october 2016 0 timothy stevens former director of the walker art gallery liverpool and keeper of art at the national museum of wales reviews the royal academy exhibition
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