If you’ve been on my ‘artist’ page - below is a little more detail on my ‘artistic’ family connections of which I’m very proud ...
Thomas Thornycroft (1815-1885) - My great, great, great, grandfather is best known for the Boadicea Statue on Westminster Bridge opposite Big Ben.
Sir Hamo Thornycroft (1850 - 1925) - My great, great, grandfather: was a sculptor of some repute, here’s some of his work. It’s very likely you’ll have walked past many of them if you live in or have visited London ...
Thomas Thornycroft was born near Gawsworth, Cheshire and was the eldest son of John Thornycroft, a farmer. He was educated at Congleton Grammar School and then briefly apprenticed to a surgeon. He moved to London where he spent four years as an assistant to the sculptor John Francis. In 1840 he married Francis' daughter, Mary, who was also a sculptor. One of their grandsons was the poet Siegfried Sassoon.
In 1867 Thornycroft was commissioned to carve in marble the group entitled Commerce for the Albert Memorial. He also worked on the monumental equestrian statue of Boadicea and her Daughters. However this was not cast in bronze in bronze until 1902, 17 years after his death; it now stands on Westminster Bridge, London.
William ‘Hamo’ Thornycroft (left) was born in London. His early training was with his parents where he developed a passionate attachment to Classical sculpture. He subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, where he won the Gold Medal of the Royal Academy in 1876, with the statue Warrior Bearing a Wounded Youth. He was married to Agatha Thornycroft.
Hamo was one of the youngest artists to be elected to the Royal Academy, in 1882, the same year the bronze cast of Teucer was purchased for the British nation under the auspices of the Chantrey Bequest. After 1884, his reputation was secure and he received
In later life Thomas worked with his older son John Isaac Thornycroft (who was to become a shipbuilder) on designs for steam launches. He did design in 1875, together with Mary and another son, Hamo Thornycroft (see below), the Poet's Fountain, near Hyde Park Corner, London. Other works by Thornycroft are in the Old Bailey and in Westminster Abbey, London. He died in Brenchley, Kent and is buried in Chiswick Old Church, Middlesex.
A blue plaque (above) commemorates Hamo at 2a Melbury Road, Kensington.
Oliver Cromwell outside the Palace of Westminster, London ... Bronze (1889)
The Sower, Kew Gardens, London ...
King Alfred the Great, Winchester ... Bronze (1889)
General Gordon, Victoria Embankment, London & Melbourne, Australia ... Bronze (1887)
Caricature of Hamo by
Leslie Ward (“Spy”) for Vanity Fair (1892) ...
Pictured below are a few examples of Hamo’s well known works ...
commissions for a number of major monuments. He continued to be a central member of the sculptural establishment and the Royal Academy into the 20th century. He was knighted in 1917.