John Gibson

John Gibson RA started from humble beginnings in Gyffin, near Conwy, on a journey that took him to the apex of European sculpture in Rome, only returning by Royal command to sculpt Queen Victoria with Justice & Clemency for the new Houses of Parliament.  But he got his first commissions from Margaret Sandbach’s grandfather, leading to their first meeting and the beginning of a long, beautiful and intense friendship.  His greatest accomplishment, The Tinted Venus, was a bolt from the blue, which shocked onlookers when it was revealed in 1862. Margaret was Gibson’s muse and their collaborative relationship has left a lasting legacy. 

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