Cardiff, 21 March 1860;
d London, 15 Dec 1952.
Welsh sculptor. He trained under his father Thomas John (183493) in 187481,
executing wood-carving and marquetry details for the rebuilding of Cardiff
Castle by William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Burges encouraged
his studies at the Cardiff School of Art. In 18816 he worked with Burgess
associate, the London sculptor Thomas Nicholls. Goscombe John learnt clay-modelling
techniques from Jules Dalou at the Lambeth City and Guilds School of Art
(18814) and encountered the New Sculpture movement of Frederic Leighton
and Hamo Thorneycroft at the Royal Academy Schools (18847). In 18867
he worked for Charles Bell Birch (183293). He won the Royal Academy Gold
Medal Travel Scholarship with Parting (1889; plaster, Cardiff, N. Mus.)
and spent 189091 in Paris, where he modelled Morpheus (1890; bronze,
Cardiff, N. Mus.), showing the influence of Rodin.
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