Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), Sculptor and goldsmith
Gilbert made innovative use of the lost-wax method. Important commissions include the Shaftesbury Memorial (1886, unveiled 1893, Piccadilly Circus, London); the tomb of the Duke of Clarence (1892, completed 1928, Albert Memorial Chapel, Windsor); and the memorial to Queen Alexandra (1926, unveiled 1932, Marlborough Gate, London).
There are few portraits of Gilbert and none of these is the great work for posterity it should have been. The best was done by Seymour Lucas, R.A., when the sculptor was thirty-eight. Francis Petrus Paulus, Gilbert’s friend in Bruges, did a characteristic oil-painting and a good etching. It is to be regretted that Sir William Orpen, who wanted to paint the sculptor about 1926, could not induce him to sit […] what a grand character-study Orpen could have made! Albert Toft did a conscientious portrait-bust in old age. It is very like him in his best benevolent mood.
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