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(b York, 6 July 1755; d London, 7 Dec. 1826). English sculptor, draughtsman, and designer, an outstanding figure of the Neoclassical movement. He was the son of a moulder of plaster figures, and after studying at the Royal Academy Schools (where he met his lifelong friend William Blake) he worked for the potter Josiah Wedgwood from 1775 to 1787. The designs he produced for Wedgwood not only strengthened his interest in antique art but also developed the innate sensitivity to line that was his greatest gift.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)