Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
James Havard Thomas (1854-1921), Sculptor
Havard Thomas and I were students together at South Kensington in the early 1870’s. I remember him as bringing an atmosphere of the 18th century classicists into the school; he would quote Burke on the Sublime and Beautiful, and would discourse on Hamilton’s Greek vases, Hope’s costumes, etc.; and looking back now, it is evident that from those early days to the end of his career, he held consistently to the same ideal – to follow the classic tradition of fine sculpture. His life was an unceasing effort to find out how. 
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Referencesback to topBeaux Arts 1936
Commemorative Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings by J. Havard Thomas, exh. cat., Beaux Arts Gallery, London, 1936.
Crane, W., An Artist’s Reminiscences, London, 1907.
Gibson, F., ‘The Sculpture of Professor James Havard Thomas’, The Studio, vol.76, 1919, pp.79–85.
Lamb, R., James Kerr-Lawson: A Canadian Abroad, exh. cat., Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, 1983.
Laughton, B., Philip Wilson Steer, Oxford, 1971.
Pearson, F., ‘The Correspondence between P.H. Emerson and J. Havard Thomas’ in M. Weaver, ed., British Photography in the Nineteenth Century, Cambridge, 1989.
Pearson, F., ‘Thomas, James Havard (1853–1921)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004.
Rothenstein, J., The Portrait Drawings of William Rothenstein 1889–1925, London, 1926.