Samuel Nixon (c.1803-1854)

Panel by Samuel Nixon.

The sculptor Samuel Nixon is best known for his very large granite portrait statue of William IV. Originally sited in the City of London in Cannon Street, this work was then apparently moved to King William Street, and then in 1936 to Greenwich to by the National Maritime Museum, where it still resides (see the picture on this page). Nixon exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1824-1846, mainly portrait sculpture, but including some more ideal work early in his career, such as a Birth of Venus.

Apart from the William IV, Nixon's work in London includes John Carpenter for the City of London School, sculptural decoration for Goldsmith's Hall, including groups of The Four Seasons, and in St John's Wood Chapel, the Gillespie Monument, to three sisters. He died in Kennington in 1854.

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