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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Thomas Brock (1847-1922), Sculptor

Sculptor; born 1 March 1847 in Worcester. Pupil of John Henry Foley 1866–74; after the death of Joseph Edgar Boehm in 1890 led the field in official portrait sculpture; numerous busts, statues and civic monuments including the Queen Victoria Memorial, London (1901–11); RA gold medal for sculpture 1869; elected ARA 1883, RA 1891; KCB 1911; died London, 22 August 1922.

Mr Brock is a sculptor in the most complete sense of the term, for his work is always sculpturesque, possessing, as it does a big, broad marble or tone character.… In his portrait work it might be said that there is more of the sitter than of the artist, for in this class, whether statues or busts, he does not allow his fancy to dominate him as in his ideal figures.[1]

Carol Blackett-Ord

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1) Spielmann 1901, p.30.

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Jones et al. 1996
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London 1907–9
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Matthews & Mellini 1982
Matthews, R., and P. Mellini, in In Vanity Fair’, London, 1982.

Mills 1923
Mills, J.S., Life and Letters of Sir Hubert Herkomer CVO, RA: A Study in Struggle and Success, London, 1923.

Robinson [1892]
Robinson, R.W., Members and Associates of the Royal Academy of Arts, 1891. Photographed in their Studios by Ralph W. Robinson of Redhill, n.p., [1892].

Spielmann 1901
Spielmann, M.H., British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-Day, London, 1901.

Stocker 1997
Stocker, M., ‘A Great Man and a Great Imperialist’, Sculpture Journal, vol.1, 1997, pp.45–50.

Stocker 2004b
Mark Stocker, ‘Brock, Sir Thomas (1847–1922)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004; online ed., January 2008.

Swanson 1977
Swanson, V.G., Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema: Painter of the Victorian Vision of the Ancient World, London, 1977.

Swanson 1990
Swanson, V.G., The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1990.