DIXEY, JOHN

(d. 1820)

Sculptor

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Dublin, but went to London at an early age and became a student in the Royal Academy. In 1789 he was selected, as one of the most promising students, to be sent to Italy for further study, but being offered an opening in America he was induced to emigrate there. He resided for many years in New York, and found employment in the decoration and embellishment of public and private buildings, executed some groups in sculpture, and had great influence in the promotion of art in America. He was Vice-President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Pennsylvania. He died in 1820.

He left two sons, George and John, both of whom followed their father's profession as sculptors and modellers, but the latter afterwards turned his attention to landscape painting.

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