Nicholas Learn (c.1733–1787) used to be an 18th century English sculptor. He used to be the one apprentice that Roubiliac ever approved.
His masterpiece is the massive and extremely ordinary monument to Admiral Richard Tyrell in Westminster Abbey.
He used to be born in London and used to be a scholar at St Martins Lane Academy, when his father began to press the sculptor Roubiliac to take him as an apprentice. Roubiliac had vowed to not take apprentices, however agreed to show Learn drawing and modelling. The tale then says that Learn (with out permission) labored on one in every of Roubiliac’s busts and happy him by way of the usual of his paintings… and so he apprenticed him from 1750 or previous.
In 1762 Learn received a “top class” of 100 guineas from the Society of Arts for a marble determine of Actaeon and his canine.
On Roubiliac’s loss of life in 1762 Learn took over his studio at 66 St Martins Lane.
In 1766 he created the large monument to Admiral Tyrell in Westminster Abbey. This extremely ordinary monument has a part bare Tyrell damaged and floating upwards (indifferent from its background) with flat clouds (like pancakes) whilst underneath the see HMS Buckingham lies at the seabed trapped by way of the coral. The monument used to be vandalised within the nineteenth century. The carving of the send used to be extremely praised.
He “misplaced his reason why” (i.e. had psychological well being issues) from 1780 onwards and died on 11 July 1787. His will used to be learn tomorrow and is held on the Nationwide Archives at Kew.
No longer identified