Authorised form of nameChantrey; Sir; Francis Legatt (1781 - 1841)
ForenamesFrancis Legatt
Dates1781 - 1841
Dates and placesBirth:
Jordanthorpe, in the parish of Norton, Derbyshire, England (07 April 1781)
25 November 1841
Jordanthorpe, in the parish of Norton, Derbyshire, in a tomb contructed by himself
Royal Academy (after 1802)
Apprenticed to a carver and guilder, Robert Ramsey (1754-1828) Sheffield; drew portraits and landscape; apprenticeship cancelled (1802) and went to try his fortune, first in Dublin and Edinburgh and finally in London; obtained employment as as Assistant Wood carver, and at soame time devoted himself to portrait painting, bust sculpture, and modelling in clay. First commission was a marble bust for Sheffield parish church (1805); he exhibited pictures at the Royal Academy from 1804, but from 1807 onwards devoted hiself mainly to sculpture and Joseph Nollekens (1737-18230, the neoc,lassical sculpton, showed recognition of his merits. His first imaginative work in sculpture was the model of the head fo Satan, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1808. Afterwards he executed for Greenwich Hospital four huge busts of Admirals Duncan, Howe, Vincent and Nelson, and led to his reputation spreading so quickly that his next bust, that of John Horne Tooke (1736-1812) the radical politician, procured him commisions to the Value of £2,000. visited Italy 91819). He died suddenly of heart failure; bequeathed money to the Royal Academy for the purchase of native works of art
Freemason, initiated 5 April 1813, Lodge of Union No 218, subsequently No 166, London
Kt 1835
ARA (1816); RA (1818)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of a carpenter and small farmer; married (1807) a well-to-do cousin
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
W P Griffith and P J T Morris, 'Charles Hatchett FRS (1765 - 1847), chemist and discoverer of niobium' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 299 - 316
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, ;Freemasons and the Royal Society; Alphabetical List of Fellows of the Royal Society who were Freemasons' (2010), page 19
Royal Society codeNA3509
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
DM/1/75Copy of letter from Robert Peel and Charles Long to Sir Thomas Lawrence and FL Chantrey1 March 1826
DM/1/77Letter from FL Chantrey, Belgrave Place, to J G Children22 December 1831
IM/000796Chantrey, Sir Francis Legattnd
NLB/54/801Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Mr. George P. Johnston5 October 1917
MS/426/33Copy letter from [John William Lubbock, Treasurer of] the Royal Society; to the Executors of Sir Francis Chantrey [will]17 January 1842
MS/426/36Copy letter from [John William] Lubbock, Treasurer of the Royal Society; to his Excellency, the Chavalier 22 January 1842
EC/1818/03Chantrey, Sir Francis Legatt: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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