John Charles Felix Rossi, sculptor, was born on 8 March 1762 in Nottingham. He was apprenticed to the Italian sculptor Giovanni Battista Locatelli. Rossi entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1781 and later won both the silver and gold medals.
In 1790 Rossi was paid for modelling and carving two colossal lions for the western watergate of Somerset House.
Rossi specialised in portraiture, church monuments and decorative architectural sculpture. He did work for Buckingham Palace, the royal stables at Brighton and Windsor Castle.
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