According to the Mapping Sculpture site, Trent, one of eleven children of Walter F. Trent, “a builder and ship fitter,” was adopted by Thomas Armstrong RA (1832-1911), Director for Art in the Department of Science and Art (later the Royal College of Art): “when Newbury was about eleven years old he was discovered drawing in the South Kensington Museum (V&A) by the painter . . . [who] recognised Trent's talent and persuaded his parents to allow him to adopt Newbury and bring him up as an artist. Apparently Armstrong's son had recently died at about the same age. Newbury studied at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. He married (Phyllis) Hilda Ledward who was the daughter of the sculptor, Richard Ledward (1857-90) and sister to Gilbert Ledward (1888-1960). Trent became an ARA and worked throughout his life from a studio at 1 Beaufort Street, London.”

According to Mapping Sculpture, Trent produced most of his sculpture between 1917 and 1929. He is thus not a Victorian sculptor but a twentieth-century one continuing Victorian modes of sculpture. — George P. Landow

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Newbury Trent.” Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011. Web. 18 April 2018.

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