Francis Bird

(1667—1731) sculptor

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(b London, 1667; d London, 27 Feb. 1731).

English sculptor. He trained in Flanders and later visited Rome at least once. This Continental background meant that he could work in a Baroque idiom more convincingly than most of his English contemporaries, as is seen in his best-known work, the Conversion of St Paul (1706) in the west pediment of St Paul's Cathedral, London. Bird did other carving at St Paul's, but most of his output consisted of tomb sculpture. His work is uneven, but he ranks as the most significant figure in English sculpture between Gibbons (for whom he worked for a time) and Rysbrack.

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