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Model - Tomb of the Reverend Philip Thomas Buard (Tubby) Clayton
  • Tomb of the Reverend Philip Thomas Buard (Tubby) Clayton
    Thomas, Cecil, born 1885 - died 1976
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Tomb of the Reverend Philip Thomas Buard (Tubby) Clayton

  • Object:

    Model

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas, Cecil, born 1885 - died 1976 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, hardened plasticine and card

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by the artist

  • Museum number:

    A.51-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is the working model for a tomb of the Rev. Philip Clayton in All Hallows Church, Barking, made by Cecil Thomas in ca. 1972. The Rev. Clayton was the founding Padre of Toc H (formerly known as Talbot House), a youth movement which sought to encourage racial harmony and philanthropic service. He did much to support Leprosy Relief and East End Clubs and Settlements, and travelled widely between 1922 and 1966 on behalf of Toc H. Clayton also wrote on religious and social issues.

Thomas (1885-1976) was an English sculptor and medallist. He trained under his father’s gem engraving business in London and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, where he also specialized in gem engraving. After 1918, when he exhibited sculpture at the Royal Academy for the first time, he became active in that field.

Physical description

This is a working model for a tomb. The recumbent effigy is clothed in vestments, his right hand over his chest, his left arm at his side. A dog sits on a tasselled cushion at his feet. The effigy is supported by four lions, one at each corner.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1972 (made)

Artist/maker

Thomas, Cecil, born 1885 - died 1976 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, hardened plasticine and card

Marks and inscriptions

'PHILIP THOMAS BYARD CLAYTON/CH, MC, DD./1885 1972'
in gilt lettering on the side

'FOUNDER PADRE OF TALBOT HOUSE . TOC H . / POPERINGHE 1915 ALL HALLOWS 1922'
on the other side

Dimensions

Height: 18.5 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by the artist in 1978 together with other objects, including A.50 and A52-1978.

Historical context note

This seems to be a working model for Thomas's tomb of the Reverend Philip Thomas Bryard Clayton.

Descriptive line

Model, wood, hardened plasticine and card, for tomb of the Reverend Philip Thomas Buard (Tubby) Clayton, by Cecil Thomas, England, ca. 1972

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, p. 468, cat. no. 760

Subjects depicted

Tomb; Effigy

Categories

Sculpture; Religion; Death

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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