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Thomas Woolner

(1825-1892), Sculptor and poet

Sitter in 28 portraits
Artist associated with 25 portraits
The only sculptor to be a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Woolner first made his name with portrait medallions of Carlyle, Tennyson and other celebrated figures of the time. Portrait sculpture remained at the forefront of Woolner's practice, although he also executed occasional architectural and ideal works.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, attributed to Thomas Woolner - NPG 1664

Joseph Mallord William Turner

attributed to Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of death-mask, 1851
On display at Tate Britain, London
NPG 1664

Charles Joseph Latrobe, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1672

Charles Joseph Latrobe

by Thomas Woolner
bronze medallion, circa 1853
NPG 1672

William Charles Wentworth, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1671

William Charles Wentworth

by Thomas Woolner
bronze medallion, circa 1854
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1671

Thomas Carlyle, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1241

Thomas Carlyle

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1855
NPG 1241

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 3847

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1856
NPG 3847

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Mary Grant, after  Thomas Woolner - NPG 947

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Mary Grant, after Thomas Woolner
marble bust, 1893 (1857)
NPG 947

Sir James Brooke, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1426

Sir James Brooke

by Thomas Woolner
marble bust, 1858
On display on the Staircase Hall at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 1426

Sir William Jackson Hooker, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1673

Sir William Jackson Hooker

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1859
NPG 1673

George Warde Norman, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 6387

George Warde Norman

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1859
NPG 6387

Adam Sedgwick, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1669

Adam Sedgwick

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, circa 1860
NPG 1669

Sir Francis Palgrave, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 2069

Sir Francis Palgrave

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1861
NPG 2069

Arthur Hugh Clough, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1694

Arthur Hugh Clough

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, circa 1863
NPG 1694

William Gifford Palgrave, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 2071

William Gifford Palgrave

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1864
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2071

Richard Cobden, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 219

Richard Cobden

by Thomas Woolner
marble bust, 1866
On display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 219

Sir William Jackson Hooker, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1032

Sir William Jackson Hooker

by Thomas Woolner
Wedgwood medallion, 1866
NPG 1032

John Newman, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1668

John Newman

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1866
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1668

Sir (Henry) Bartle Edward Frere, 1st Bt, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1670

Sir (Henry) Bartle Edward Frere, 1st Bt

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1868
NPG 1670

(John) Frederick Denison Maurice, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1397

(John) Frederick Denison Maurice

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of death-mask, 1872
NPG 1397

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1667

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1873
NPG 1667

Charles Kingsley, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1666

Charles Kingsley

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1875
NPG 1666

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