Henry Webber (1754–1826)

Webber was a sculptor and modeller who was head of the ornamental department at Etruria from 1785–1806. He was recommended to Wedgwood by both Sir William Chambers and Sir Joshua Reynolds, and arrived at the factory in 1782. His contract began in 1785.

Two years later he was sent to Rome, 'with the purpose of making Models, Drawings and other improvements in the Arts of Modelling and Design for the benefit of...Josiah Wedgwood'. Once back at Etruria he worked on translating his drawings and models into jasper and basalt, and modelled many of the figures for the Portland Vase. He also designed the Sydney Cove medallion and other portrait medallions.

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The Sydney Cove medallion, designed by Henry Webber, 1789, modelled by William Hackwood after Henry Webber

The Sydney Cove medallion, designed by Henry Webber, 1789, modelled by William Hackwood after Henry Webber