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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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Joseph Nollekens

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1737, Aug 111760-1770s1823, Apr 23
a sculptor from London generally considered to be the finest British sculptor of the late 18th century. He enjoyed the patronage of king George III and went on to sculpt a number of British political figures, including George III himself, William Pitt the Younger...
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Cyprian Norwid

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18211883
a nationally esteemed Polish poet, dramatist, painter, and sculptor. One of his maternal ancestors was the Polish King John III Sobieski. Norwid is regarded as one of the second generation of romantics. He wrote many well-known poems. Esoteric opinion is divided however, as to whether he was a true Romanticist artist – or if he was artistically ahead of h...
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John Van Nost

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unknown1680s-17291729
a Flemish sculptor who worked in England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was prolific and received many commissions, including employment at Hampton Court Palace, Melbourne Hall, Castle Howard, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth. Many of his statues were in cast lead.
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Bernt Notke

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the most important German sculptor in Northern Europe in his times. Most famous is his sculpture Sankt Göran och Draken (Saint George and the Dragon) for the Storkyrkan in Stockholms Gamla stan. He is the creator of the world's largest triumphal cross, in Lübeck Cathedral.
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