Alfred Gilbert was born in 1854 in London, into a working-class family. His father, who was a blacksmith, and his mother, recognized his artistic talent at a young age.
He studied sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After spending several years in Rome, he returned to England in 1884 and quickly established himself as one of the leading sculptors of his day. He was commissioned to produce a number of important public works, including the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus, the tomb of Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and the Alexandra Memorial in Hyde Park. He gained international recognition for his masterpiece, "Perseus Arming," which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1882. The sculpture showcased his ability to capture dynamic and emotional moments in his work.
Gilbert also designed decorative art more...
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