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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

James Smith (1775–1815)

A pupil of the sculptor John Baptist Locatelli, Smith attended the Royal Academy Schools in 1795, and in 1797 won the Academy’s Gold Medal for his group of Venus Wounded by Diomede. After leaving the Academy, Smith worked first for J.C.F. Rossi, and then was employed for eight years as an assistant to John Flaxman. He assisted in particular with the carving of the figure of Lord Mansfield on his tomb in Westminster Abbey. Smith’s main achievement on his own account was the massive monument to Lord Nelson in the Guildhall, completed in 1810. He also executed busts of Sarah Siddons (plaster version in the Royal Shakespeare Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon), and Robert Southey (plaster version in private collection, London).

Bibliography (updated 2024): I. Roscoe et al, A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain 1660–1851, New Haven and London, 2009, pp. 1147–48; P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of the City of London, Liverpool, 2003, pp. xx, 170–73, 174–75, 179.

Philip Ward-Jackson, 2003