A selection of Liverpool history questions submitted to the Liverpool History Society.
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I had a quick look in Gore’s directory for 1900, and could not see a marble works on Brownlow Hill.Was it actually on this road, or one of the roads off Brownlow?Do you have any further information?Richie.
Hi Richie/ RobI am researching the life of John Gibson sculptor and he was apprenticed at Francis' or Francy's marble works on Brownlow Hill from 1809 to 1817 but the Marble works was still there at least until 1911. I have seen several sculptures in marble around the city with the name S and T Francy's chiselled on them --they keep changing the spelling themselves as they did on those days.It is possible that the works were in a side-street but the information given is correct. Thanks for the interest --any help appreciatedCheersJohn John Hussey
Dear John, I read this message whilst doing some online research on John Gibson.I've got a drawing by him in my collection and was wondering if you might know if he actually made the relief depicted in the drawing.It is a large preparatory drawing of 'Antigone Discovered over the Dead Body of her Brother'. I could email you a photograph if you'd like.Best Regards,Tobias Desmet