Regency Personalities Series-John Gibson (Sculptor)

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Regency Personalities Series

In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

John Gibson (Sculptor)
19 June 1790 – 27 January 1866


John Gibson

John Gibson was born near Conwy, Wales, where his father was a market gardener. When he was nine years old the family were on the point of emigrating to America, but his mother put a stop to this plan on their arrival at Liverpool, where they settled, and where Gibson was sent to school. He became fascinated by the displays in the windows of the city’s print shops. The painter and printseller John Turmeau lent him some drawings and plaster casts to copy.

At the age of fourteen, Gibson was apprenticed to a firm of cabinet-makers. He soon took a violent dislike to this work, however, and eventually managed to have his articles bought…

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