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Bust - Leonard Walker (1879-1965)
  • Leonard Walker (1879-1965)
    Thomas, Cecil, born 1885 - died 1976
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Leonard Walker (1879-1965)

  • Object:

    Bust

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1961 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Snowcrete (cement and concrete mix)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by the artist

  • Museum number:

    A.48-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The depicted Leonard Walker was a designer of stained glass, a painter and Master of the Art Workers' Guild.

This white bust (with a slightly darker surface wash, peeling in places) is set on a rectangular marble socle, with a label on the side giving the address of its sculptor, Cecil Thomas: 108 Brompton Road, London. Thomas lived at this address (also known as Dora House, after his wife) from 1919. The house is now the home of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, to whom it was bequeathed in 1976.

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 white bust (with a slightly darker surface wash, peeling in places) is set on a rectangular marble socle, with a label on the side with inscription. The sitter is shown as an elderly bald man, with beatling eyebrows, and his mouth open, as if speaking; only his head and neck are shown.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1961 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Snowcrete (cement and concrete mix)

Marks and inscriptions

'CECIL THOMAS O.B.E./SCULPTOR/108 BROMPTON ROAD / LONDON SW7 / TELEPHONE 373 5377'
on a label on the side

Dimensions

Height: 39 cm incl socle

Object history note

Bequeathed by the artist in 1978.

Descriptive line

Bust, 'Snowcrete' (cement and concrete mix), of Leonard Walker, by Cecil Thomas, England, ca. 1961

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. 759

Categories

Sculpture; Portrait

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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