Deaf History: Joseph Gawen

Sebastian Cunliffe presents the story of a very fine stone sculptor

Documentary as part of the Deaf History series. In this episode, reporter Sebastian Cunliffe tells us about the life of a Deaf sculptor called Joseph Gawen. Born in Brighton in 1845, Gawen lived at a time when most deaf people were forced to work with their hands. His boss, Hodges Bailey, would design his sculptures and Gawen would sculpt them, often making busts of famous people, including the Royal family. Cunliffe explains how it is rumoured that he may have been responsible for London’s world famous Nelson’s column. Watch it to find out more!

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  • Great film about Joseph Gawen's story about his work of sculptor.
    I am very interested about worldwide of deaf history.
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  • Joseph Gawen was my great, great grandfather and I am feeling extremely proud having seen this film. We knew he was deaf/dumb and a sculptor and this film shows how great a sculptor he was. I know my family would love to see his work The Good Shepherd in St Saviours. We are planning a visit very soon. Thank you for making this film....it really means a lot to myself and my family. We are justly proud of Joseph Gawen and all he achieved. Family history is amazing. Thank you again.
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  • Joseph gawen. Was my great great uncle. I have more information about him and his deaf brother who was an engraver. They both attended the.royal school for the Deaf. Joseph went on to the Royal Academy Schools.
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  • I never knew that Joseph Gawen did on Nelson column status .. I am sculptured and artist .. Thank you for interesting story about Joseph Gawen .. Keep good work on BSL Zone
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  • Brilliant job!
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