Skip navigation
Media File
John Dixey
Date: ca. 1765–1820
Remarks: Sculptor and carver; born in Dublin, Ireland, probably between 1760 and 1770, John Dixey went to London as a youth to study at the Royal Academy. He exhibited at the Academy in 1788 and is said to have been selected to go to Italy in 1789 for further study. In that year, however, he came to America. He worked for a time in Philadelphia, but by 1801 was established in NYC as a carver and gilder. Though chiefly an ornamental sculptor, Dixey exhibited at the American Academy and the Pennsylvania Academy. His copy of Ceraccchi's bust of Alexander Hamilton is owned by NYHS. He also executed the statues of Justice for the City Hall (NYC) and the State House (Albany, NY). He died in NYC in 1820, leaving two sons - George Dixey, carver and sculptor, and John V. Dixey, landscape painter.