Learn about John Skeaping

John Rattenbury Skeaping (1901-1908) was born in Essex into an artistic family - his father was a painter and illustrator and his mother was a musician. He studied at Goldsmith's College, the Central School of Arts & Crafts and the Royal Academy in 1919-20. In 1924 he was awarded the Prix de Rome, a scholarship allowing young artists and the same year married the sculptor Barbara Hepworth. (The marriage was dissolved in 1933.) John Skeaping's first exhibition at the Royal Academy was in 1922 and in 1926 he produced the first of many sculptures for Wedgwood. In total around 10 figures were produced up to the 1940s in cream, basalt, grey and moonstone colours, the most notable of which, from the Australian perspective, was the kangaroo. In World War II he served in the intelligence services and with the SAS and in 1953 became Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. His work with Wedgwood was only a small portion of his extensive career.
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Wedgwood model of kangaroo by John Skeaping, ivory glaze, impressed artist and maker's marks, 24 cm length

Wedgwood model of tiger and Buck group by John Skeaping c1927, ivory glaze, impressed artist and maker's marks, 34 cm length

Wedgwood model of polar bear by John Skeaping c1927, cream glaze, impressed artist and maker's marks, 26 cm length

Wedgwood, a porcelain figure of a kangaroo designed by John Rattenbury Skeaping, circa 1928, impressed to base: J Skeaping, Wedgwood, 22.5 cm

Wedgwood, a porcelain figure of a kangaroo designed by John Rattenbury Skeaping, circa 1928, impressed to base: J Skeaping, Wedgewood, 22.5 cm, Note, Wedgwood's kangaroo figure was modelled in 1927 by John Rattenbury Skeaping, a student of the sculptor

Two Wedgwood porcelain figures of a polar bear and a monkey, late 20th century, by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgwood Made in England, 18cm and 17cm high

A Wedgwood porcelain statue of a seal, late 20th century, by John Skeaping, impressed Wedgwood, J. Skeaping, 20.5cm high

Two Wedgwood porcelain figures of a buffalo and a gazelle, late 20th century, by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgwood Made in England, 21cm and 20cm high

A Wedgwood Norman Wilson glazed recumbent deer, circa 1959, designed by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgwood Nw Made in England, J Skeaping, 12.5 cm high

A Wedgwood Norman Wilson glazed seal, circa 1959, designed by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgwood NW2109 5A 59, J Skeaping, 20 cm high

A Wedgwood Norman Wilson glazed buffalo, circa 1959, designed by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgwood NW2109 5A 59, J Skeaping, 18.5 cm high

A Wedgwood black basalt Art Deco deer figure, by John Skeaping, impressed Wedgwood Made in England, J. Skeaping, 21 cm high, 15 cm wide

A Wedgwood black basalt Art Deco kangaroo figure, by John Skeaping, impressed Wedgwood Made in England, J. Skeaping, 20 cm high

A Wedgwood cream glazed porcelain deer figure, by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgewood Barlaston England, J. Skeaping, 13 cm high, 18 cm long

A Wedgwood Art Deco porcelain deer statue, by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgwood Etruria England, J. Skeaping, 19 cm high

A Wedgwood Art Deco porcelain buffalo, by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgwood Etruria England, J. Skeaping, 19 cm high

A Wedgwood porcelain tiger and deer figure group, by John Skeaping, stamped Wedgwood Etruria England, J. Skeaping, 20 cm high, 34 cm wide

A Wedgwood porcelain bison figure, by John Skeaping, impressed Wedgwood, J. Skeaping, 23.5 cm high

A Wedgwood porcelain monkey figure group, by John Skeaping, impressed Wedgwood, J. Skeaping, 17.5 cm high

John Rattenbury Skeaping (English, 1901-1980), kangaroo, c. 1940, for Wedgwood, pale green glaze, impressed 'J. Skeaping Wedgwood, height 22 cm, length 21.5 cm

Wedgwood John Skeaping lion with prey, in cream on black wooden stand incised 'Wedgwood' mark, incised 'J. Skeaping'. Length 40 cm. Height 24 cm

Wedgwood lion with prey, in cream, after an original model by Skeaping. Black Wedgwood mark. Length 33 cm. Height 19 cm

Wedgwood John Skeaping monkeys, in cream black Wedgwood mark, incised very faintly 'J. Skeaping'. Height 17 cm

Wedgwood Art Deco black basalt ware 'Study of A Monkey' signed J. Skeaping

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