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Banks Thomas

Banks, Thomas, born at Lambeth in 1735, was brought up as an architect, but took to sculpture, and won in 1770 the gold medal of the Royai Academy, being sent, moreover, to Rome to finish his education under Capizoldi. Returning in 1779, he met with so little encouragement that he went to Russia, and found a purchaser for his Psyche in the Empress Catherine. His Mourning Achilles, now in the hall of the British Institution, attracted notice at home: he was elected to the Academy, and after a few years of prosperity died in 1805.