20. James Tassie
James Tassie
(Modeller)
Robert Foulis
(Publisher)
Dead Famous because…
“Modellor”

James Tassie was born in Pollokshaws on
15th July 1735. His family originally coming to Scotland as refugees from Italy.

James was the oldest of 12 children and
worked as a stone mason early on in his
life. It is believed that he was inspired to
become an artist after seeing the work of
famous printers the Foulis Brothers.

He went to Dublin in 1763 and became
assistant to Dr Henry Quin,
Kings Professor of Physics where they both worked together and came up with the white enamel paste that Tassie was to later use for his unique portrait medallions.

James Tassie later moved to London in 1766 where he continued his career of modelling that included work for Wedgwood.

Died 1st June 1799 in London.