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If you had the ability and years of training to take a block of wood or stone and turn it into a sublime piece of art, you too could have been employed by the church, the royal court or by a monied patron. Talented sculptors were usually in high demand and one could count on regular and continuing employment if one had the skill and techniques required. Here are many who did.
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John Bacon Jr.

bornactivedied
17771794-18221859
an English sculptor, operational during the early 19th century. From 1818 until 1843, he worked in partnership with his former pupil, Samuel Manning, but the work appears to be largely by Manning, taking advantage of Bacon's reputation but lacking the quality of Bacon's work.
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John Bacon Sr.

bornactivedied
1740, Nov 241770-17991799, Aug 4
a British sculptor who worked in the late 18th century. Bacon has been reckoned the founder of the British School of sculpture, although he himself considered Roubiliac's statue of Eloquence for Waterloo Bridge to be such a fine piece of sculpture that he was sure he could never equal it. He won numerous awards, held the esteem of more
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Francois Baillairge

aka: François Baillairgé
borndied
1759, Jan 211830, Sep 15
an architect who also pursued painting and wood sculpture. A great deal of his work was in the field of painting and he was very productive although he did not achieve a level of success that matched his ambition. He had a high level of achievement as a wood-carver in architectural projects working through his father's workshop.
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Pierre-Florent Baillairge

aka: Baillairgé
borndied
1761, Jun 291812, Dec 9
from Quebec, the son of Jean Baillairgé, and did spend some time in the wood carving and joinery end of his father's business. His brother, François, already was there and the three did decorative wood-carving for several churches in the region. Pierre-Florent was a craftsman rather than an artist; he conformed to the French style the family had brought to...
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Thomas Baillairge

aka: Baillairgé
borndied
1791, Dec 201859, Feb 9
both a wood carver and architect, following the tradition of the family. By 1815, Thomas had begun his career in earnest, and from then until 1848, he designed numerous buildings; churches, houses and other projects. During this period he trained a number of students. Among his apprentices was Charles Baillairgé, his cousin's nephew. He also did wood carvin...
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Thomas Ball

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1819, Jun 31851-18931911, Dec 11
an American sculptor, painter and musician. His work has had a marked influence on monumental art in the United States, especially in New England. As commissions started to come in he moved from studio to studio until he settled in a studio in Tremont Row where he remained for twelve years. He then turned his attention to sculpture.
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Baccio Bandinelli

aka: Bartolommeo Brandini, Bartolommeo Bandinelli
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1493, Oct 171520s-15561560, Feb 7
a Renaissance Italian sculptor, draughtsman and painter. Bandinelli's lifelong obsession with Michelangelo is a recurring theme in assessments of his career. A brilliant draughtsman and excellent small-scale sculptor, he had a morbid fascination for colossi which he was ill-equipped to execute. His failure as a sculptor on a grand scale was accentuated by hi...
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Thomas Banks

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1735, Dec 291774-18051805, Feb 2
an important 18th-century English sculptor. Among other works in St Paul's Cathedral are the monuments to Captain George Blagden Westcott and Captain Richard Burgess, and in Westminster Abbey to Sir Eyre Coote, General Loten, Sir Clifton Wintringham and William Woollett. His bronze bust of Warren Hastings is in the National Portrait Gallery.
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Sebastian Herrera Barnuevo

aka: Sebastián
borndied
16191671
a painter, architect, sculptor and etcher, who was born and died in Madrid, Spain. His father, Antonio Herrera, was a sculptor; after teaching his son, Sebastiano was taught by Alonzo Cano. Like Cano, Herrera worked for Philip IV of Spain, among others in the nobility. His was held to be modest and deeply religious.
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Frederic Auguste Bartholdi

aka: Frédéric
borndied
1834, Aug 21904, Oct 4
a French sculptor who is best known for designing Liberty Enlightening the World, commonly known as the Statue of Liberty. In 1853, Bartholdi submitted a Good Samaritan-themed sculptural group to the Paris Salon of 1853. The statue was later recreated in bronze. Within two years of his Salon debut, Bartholdi was commissioned by his hometown of Colmar to scul...
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Lorenzo Bartolini

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1777, Jan 71803-1830s1850, Jan 20
an Italian sculptor who infused his neoclassicism with a strain of sentimental piety and naturalistic detail, while he drew inspiration from the sculpture of the Florentine Renaissance rather than the overpowering influence of his Florentine contemporaries.
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Antoine-Louis Barye

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1796, Sep 241810s-18691875, Jun 25
an Italian painter and architect of the early-Baroque period, active in Rome and Spain, where he helped decorate the pantheon of the Spanish kings at El Escorial. Also a sculptor most famous for his work as an animalier, a sculptor of animals.
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Gaspar Becerra

borndied
15201570
a Spanish painter and sculptor. He was born at Baeza in Andalusia. He studied at Rome, it is said under Michelangelo, and assisted Giorgio Vasari in painting the hall of the Palazzo della Cancelleria. He also contributed to the anatomical plates of Juan Valverd...
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Guglielmo Bergamasco

aka: Guglielmo dei Grigi
bornactivedied
1485 ca1519-1530s1550
an Italian architect and sculptor of the Renaissance period. He designed and helped build various structures including the Venetian Palazzo dei Camerlenghi (1525–1528) or the Portello Gate at Padua, built in 1519. The high altar in the church of San Salvador is attributed to him. He also executed the Sant'Anna Chapel in the church of Madonna della Grazia, ...
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini

aka: Gianlorenz, Giovanni Lorenzo
bornactivedied
1598, Dec 71609-16781680, Nov 28
an Italian artist and a prominent architect who worked principally in Rome. He was the leading sculptor of his age, credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture. In addition, he painted, wrote plays, and designed metalwork and stage sets.
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Treffle Berthlaume

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1803, Jun 131818-1880s1884, Oct 22
a Canadian sculptor. Perhaps best remembered for his contribution towards church carvings, Berthlaume and acquaintance François Baillairgé (1759–1852) produced the Barbeau Cross, now displayed at the Church of Saint Jean on the Island of Orleans in Quebec.
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Claude Bertin

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unknown1687-17051705
a French sculptor, who was part of the highly trained team that supplied sculptures for Versailles. His monumental marble vases, following the type of the Borghese Vase, with rich bas-reliefs of fruit, swags of ivy or friezes of mythological scenes, executed between 1687 and 1705, still adorn the terraces of Versailles.
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Herman Wilhelm Bissen

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1798, Oct 131823-18621868, Mar 10
a Danish sculptor. Bissen first studied painting in Copenhagen, then became a pupil of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. In 1824, he travelled to Rome and met Christian Daniel Rauch in Berlin. Under the influence of Thorvaldsen, his style changed from romanticism to neo-classicism. Back in Denmark, Bissen became professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine A...
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Pedro de Bolduque

bornactivedied
1550 ca1570s-15951595 ca
a Spanish sculptor of Flemish origin who lived and worked mainly in Medina de Rio Seco and Cuéllar. He was born in Medina de Rio Seco into a family of artists of Flemish descent, probably from the town of 's-Hertogenbosch, dedicated to carving and assembly, and his brothers were also sculptors. He moved to Cuellar in 1580, where he opened a workshop and mar...
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Joseph Bonomi the Younger

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1796, Oct 91824-18561878, mar 3
an English sculptor, artist, Egyptologist and museum curator. From 1824 to 1826, he was a member of Hay's expedition to Egypt where he sketched many antiquities. No doubt influenced by his family's architectural associations, Bonomi designed the entrance to Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, London (in collaboration with William Hosking), built in Egypt...
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Pierre Bontemps

bornactivedied
1505 ca1540s-15681568
a French sculptor known for his funeral monuments; he was, with Germain Pilon, one of the pre-eminent sculptors of the French Renaissance. He executed most of the bas-reliefs on the tomb of King Francis I of France, representing the French victories at ...
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Orfeo Boselli

aka: Bosselli
bornactivedied
15971640s-1660s1667
an Italian sculptor working in Rome. As with most Roman sculptors of the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, a great part of his commissioned work was in restoring and completing fragmentary ancient Roman sculptures. A pupil of François Duquesnoy, whose classicising "Greek" manner was the antithesis to Gian Lorenzo Bernini's, Boselli served as Princ...
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Francois Joseph Bosio

aka: François
bornactivedied
1769, Mar 191790s-16431845, Jul 29
a French sculptor who achieved distinction in the first quarter of the nineteenth century with his work for Napoleon and for the restored French monarchy. Apart from the imperial busts and the statue of Louis XVI, other important works included the quadriga of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the statue of Hercules fighting Acheloos transformed into a sn...
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Thomas Brice

borndied
15361571
a Church of England clergyman, martyrologist and poet in the later 16th century. He was the author of A Compendious Regester of 1559. Two other books are attributed to Brice in the Stationers' Registers, but nothing is now known of either of them.
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Jean Bullant

bornactivedied
15151537-15741578, Oct 13
a French architect and sculptor who built the tombs of Anne de Montmorency, Grand Connétable of France, Henri II, and Catherine de' Medici. He also worked on the Tuileries, the Louvre, and the Château d'Écouen. Bullant was a Huguenot. On his return in ...
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