Sir John Everett Millais
Sir Thomas Brock, K.C.B., R.A. 1847-1922
Bronze, on a carved stone pedastel, and plinth
John Islip Street, behind the Tate Gallery, London
Until quite recently, this statue occupied a much more prominent position in front of Tate Britain. It shows the artist standing in front of his stool, with his palette in one hand and a brush in the other. He has a cloth and more brushes” by his feet. The stool has a padded top and two small drawers, one with a knob and one with a drop handle, only visible from the rear. It seems a shame that the statue, which nicely demonstrates the "naturalistic rendering" (Read 291) that Brock had learnt in the studio of John Henry Foley, should have been relegated to this spot, where few Tate visitors will come across it.