WILLIAM GIBBS ROGERS (1792 - 1875) was an eminent woodcarver of 19th century England. His work was often compared to that of Grinling Gibbons who was famous for his carvings in St. Paul's Cathredral in London and many English country mansions. Rogers devoted his studies to the works of Gibbons and thoroughly mastered that carver's art to the point where only an experienced eye could spot a difference. In his senior years, he devised a successful method of preserving Gibbons' carvings from the ravages of worms and age.
In 1850, W.G. Rogers was elected to the committee for carrying out the scheme of the Great Exhibition, and received a commission from Queen Victoria to carve a cradle in boxwood in the Italian style, which was exhibited and much admired at the exhibition in 1851. That cradle still exists and is presently displayed at trhe Kensington Palace Museum in London.
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