Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
(Edward) Onslow Ford (1852-1901), Sculptor
Ford exhibited mainly portraits, with subjects including William Ewart Gladstone, Henry Irving (NPG 5689), John Everett Millais (NPG 1329) and General Gordon. A close associate of Alfred Gilbert, he also built a reputation for poetic sculptural subjects such as Folly (1886; Tate) and The Singer (1889; Tate), which anticipate the New Sculpture movement; his chef-d’oeuvre is the Shelley memorial in Oxford (1892, University Coll.).
Ford was said to look ‘like a Frenchman and his sympathies are foreign’ – a judgement based on his dandified appearance. His temperament struck friends as ‘frail and fragile’.
Dr Jan Marsh
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Referencesback to topArmstrong 1912a
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