Died 8 January 1860
Active: 1798 - 1854
Country of birth: England
Country of death: Italy
Baptised 11 December 1785, London. He was the son of Benjamin Gott, a woollen manufacturer from Leeds, Yorkshire. Joseph was apprenticed to John Flaxman between 1798 and 1802, he then entered the Royal Academy Schools in March 1805 and won a silver medal the following year. Between 1820-48 Gott exhibited thirteen times at the Royal Academy, showing some thirty works in all.
In 1822 Gott was sent to Rome on a pension from the painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, who also introduced him to Antonio Canova. Initially Gott was very successful, receiving numerous commissions from English visitors to Rome. He was particularly known for his terracotta groups and sensitive sculptures of children and animals.
However from 1838, Gott's practice went into decline following a cholera epidemic that stopped the flow of tourists. He also lost his children and his wife's memory was permanently damaged by the disease. Gott ceased making new work around 1845 and died in Rome in 1860.
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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Terry Friedman, ‘Gott, Joseph (1785–1860)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/11128, accessed 24 Dec 2010]
Citing this record
'Joseph Gott', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib3_1202815313, accessed 22 Aug 2014]