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Caius Gabriel Cibber - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Caius Gabriel Cibber (1630 - 1700)

Caius Gabriel Cibber was born in Denmark but moved to England in 1660. He was first employed by John Stone and established his own studio upon his master’s death in 1667. He gained his reputation by producing a number of recognized public commissions. In his later years, he devoted himself to decorative sculpture. He was appointed "carver to the king's closet" by William III. Many of his works were, or are, on public display in London, including his statue of Charles II (1681), which still stands (rather worn away) in Soho Square, two life-like human statues entitled "Melancholy" and "Raving Madness" which were made for the gates of the 17th century mental hospital, then known as Bedlam (currently Bethlem Royal Hospital) and can currently be seen in their museum (modelli in V&A). He also created the bas reliefs on the base of the Monument to the Great Fire of London; his reliefs at the Royal Exchange have been destroyed. He produced a number of excellent church monuments, including those to the 7th and 8th Earls of Rutland at Bottesford (Leicestershire) and the extraordinary Sackville monument at Withyam in East Sussex. A Flora in the gardens at Chatsworth has in recent years been returned to the Temple named after her; other large works there include the Sea Horse Fountain.

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