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National Library of Wales
Gibson, John, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JOHSON

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: John Gibson Papers

Short Title: Gibson, John, papers

Creation date(s): 1839-1865

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 2 volumes

Name of creator(s): John Gibson


Administrative/Biographical history: John Gibson (1790-1866) was one of the most renowned sculptors of the Victorian era. Born in Conwy, Caernarfonshire, and raised in Liverpool, Lancashire, he spent much of his working life in Rome, Italy, after moving there in 1817. He recieved early commissions and encouragement from William Roscoe, the Liverpool historian. He died in Rome in 1866, and is buried in the English Cemetery. He had produced work for Queen Victoria, the Duke of Devonshire and the King of Bavaria. Gibson worked mainly in white marble, and produced a range of statues, funerary monuments, portrait busts and reliefs. He corresponded over a lengthy period with Henry and Margaret Sandbach of Liverpool, Lancashire, and Hafodunos, Llangernyw, Denbighshire; Mrs Sandbach was the granddaughter of William Roscoe.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters of John Gibson to Mr and Mrs Sandbach, 1839-1865, discussing mainly his professional work and the numerous commissions and requests which he has received. There are also occasional references to domestic and personal news. Also miscellanea, 1848-1865.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The correspondence is arranged chronologically in NLW MSS 20566-20567, and the miscellanea in NLW MS 20568.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: The catalogue is available online, and also available in hard copy in the Handlist of NLW Manuscripts. NLW MSS 20566-20567 are also described in more detail in the superseded Calendar of John Gibson letters (1971), available in hard copy at NLW.

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded.



Note: Title supplied from content of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Calendar of John Gibson letters (1971); Glasgow - City of Sculpture homepage - John Gibson (, viewed on 13 February 2003.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Gibson, John, | 1790-1866 | Correspondence
Sculptors | Wales

Personal names
Gibson , John , 1790-1866

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