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Display artist/maker:

Benjamin Phelps Gibbon

Born: 1802, UK, Wales, Pembrokeshire, Penally   Died: 1851, London

Engraver. Son of a Pembrokeshire vicar. He attended the Clergy Orphan School before undertaking an apprenticeship with the stipple engraver Edward Scriven. By c.1824 he had moved on to work for John Henry Robinson. Gibbon specialised in detailed, small scale, engravings of portraits and animals and became best known for his impressive plates after Edwin Landseer. Similarly, his portraits were largely after the work of painters but included Queen Victoria, after William Fowler (1840), and Edward Scriven, after Andrew Morton, the latter being published in John Pye's 'Patronage of British Art' (1845). Other earlier portraits also appeared in the 1827 edition of Horace Walpole's 'Anecdotes on Painting'. Gibbon never married but looked after several orphans. He was of a delicate constitution and died after suffering from cholera

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

The Travelled Monkey PR39 Prints