Many sculptors employed professional plaster workers or sculptors’ moulders to undertake specialist work in the production process. It was very much an Italian profession. Fernando Meacci was born around 1836. Nothing is known about his background. He arrived in London in the early 1860s. From 1881 until his death he was located at no. 53 Cale Street, Chelsea, which was a fashionable location for artists. From there he worked for various sculptors. His most important customers were Edward Onslow Ford, Mary Grant (one of the few women working professionally as a sculptor in Victorian England), and Alfred Gilbert. He died in September 1893 in Chelsea.