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John Rattenbury Skeaping was an English sculptor and painter, whose talent was recognized by election to the Royal Academy in 1960.

He was particularly well known for his sculptures of horses, and animals in general; examples of his work are to found in the collections of The Tate, the British Museum, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, and the Adelaide Art Gallery, among others.

He was commissioned by Wedgwood to produce a series of animal sculptures in 1926, and ten of these went into production the following year. They were produced in basalt (in the early years), and a variety of different glazes.

Skeaping spent a great deal of time studying the animals he portrayed before producing models that captured the essence of their form, in the new Art Deco style. These figures are much sought after, particularly the earlier editions, and the rarer glazes.

John Skeaping

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