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John Gibson at the Royal Academy of Arts

John Gibson at the Royal Academy of Arts John Gibson, 'Sleeping Shepherd Boy.' Photo credit: Royal Academy of Arts, London

To mark the 150th anniversary of the death of John Gibson, the Royal Academy of Arts is exhibiting a selection of his work. Born in Wales and settled in Rome in 1817, John Gibson was the most successful British sculptor of his generation.

From a young age, Gibson was fascinated by the art of Ancient Greece and Rome and his talent for art and passion for the classics led a group of supporters to fund a study trip to Italy in 1817 where he got the chance to study alongside the famous neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova and pick up some tricks. Upon his return to the UK, he quickly became one of Prince Albert’s favourite sculptors and naturally he produced several portraits of Queen Victoria. However, his most famous piece is his Narcissus, the statue of the Greek mythological figure who fell in love with his own reflection.

The exhibition displays a selection of 30 sculptures alongside preparatory drawings from Gibson’s studio and additional archival material.

Are you there art lovers and students of art history – this one is for you – the chance to wander round and admire the skill, the detail and the stories behind some extraordinary marble sculptures.


John Gibson

The RA

8th September – 18th September

Find out more on the website


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