CRAWLEY, JOHN

(fl. 1757)

Sculptor

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

As "a youth who appears to have a genius in drawing" he was placed by the Dublin Society in 1750 as a pupil with Van Nost (q.v.), to instruct him "in the Statuary Art." He seems to have profited by his instruction, as in 1754 the Society awarded him a premium of five pounds, and a further sum the following year. In 1757 he was sent to Rome at the expense of the Society. Richard Pocock, Bishop of Ossory, who interested himself in the young sculptor, writing to the Dublin Society on 2nd October, 1758, says: "I am sure it is Crawley's intention to return to Ireland and exercise his art of statuary, and to settle here, and if he does not I will repay the Society the eighty pounds they allowed. . . . I find he goes on very well at Rome." Crawley does not appear to have returned to Ireland, and nothing further is known of him.

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