Photographer: Ralph W. Robertson. c. 1887.
Born in Worcester on 1 March 1847. Apprentice modeller at Worcester Royal Porcelain Works 1859-66. Entered studio of J.H.Foley in 1866 and enrolled in R.A. Schools in 1868, winning Gold Medal for Hercules strangling Antaeus the following year. This attracted the interest of Frederic Leighton, who became Brock's friend and mentor. Appointed as Foley's chief assistant in 1871, he completed many unfinished works after Foley's death in 1874 e.g. the bronze figure of the Prince Consort for the Albert Memorial, and the O'Connell Monument in Dublin.
His works include Moment of Peril, 1881 (purchased by the Chantrey Fund); the Leighton Memorial at St Paul's Cathedral, 1902; equestrian statues of the Black Prince in Leeds, 1902 and of King Edward VII in both Sydney and Toronto, 1922; and the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, 1911-24. His portrait statues include those of Sir John Millais in the grounds of the Tate Gallery, 1905; Sir Henry Irving on the north side of the National Portrait Gallery, 1910; and Captain Cook in the Mall, 1914. His Diploma bust of Lord Leighton is in the R.A. and he designed the "veiled head" of Queen Victoria for the 1893 coinage. [Brock's European travels]
A.R.A. 1883, R.A. 1891, K.C.B. 1911. [British Sculpture, 1850-1914 with additions” by John Sankey]
Works for which this site has images and discussions — Portraits and Monuments
- Black Prince
- Edwin Austin Abbey
- Colin Minton Campbell (48 cm. version)
- Captain James Cook
- King Edward VII
- Michael Faraday
- Bartle Frere (3 views)
- Gladstone Memorial (6 views)
- William Gladstone
- Sir Edward Harland
- Sir Augustus Harris
- Lord Arthur Charles Hervey (Bishop of Bath and Wells)
- Sir Rowland Hill
- Thomas Hughes (3 views)
- Sir Henry Irving, Charing Cross Road
- Frederick Leighton (c. 1892)
- Frederick, Lord Leighton (1881)
- The Lord Leighton Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral
- Joseph Lord Lister
- Joseph Lord Lister, Westminster Abbey
- Joseph Lord Lister, Portland Place
- Sir Isaac Pitman
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey
- Sir John Everett Millais, PRA
- John Nicholson (2 views)
- Sir Richard Owen (three views)
- Sir Isaac Pitman
- Sir Henry Parkes
- Henry Philpott, Bishop of Worcester
- Robert Raikes, Embankment Gardens
- Richard Seddon
- Sir Henry Tate
- Sir Richard Temple, Mumbai (Bombay)
- The Titanic Memorial
- Bust of a man (possibly Sir Henry Harben
- Queen Victoria, Belfast
- Queen Victoria, Birmingham
- Queen Victoria, Calcutta (Kolkata), India
- Queen Victoria, originally Cawnpore, India
- Queen Victoria, Cubbon Park, Bangalore
- Queen Victoria, Hove (4 views)
- Queen Victoria, Worcester
- The Victoria Memorial, London (24 views)
- Bust of William Menelaus, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Works for which this site has images and discussions — Literary, Biblical, and Other Subjects
- Eve (2 marble versions)
- Eve (larger reduced size bronze version)
- Eve (smaller reduced size bronze version)
- Moment of Peril, 1881
- Wrestlers (or Hercules and Antæus)
Works for which this site has images and discussions — Architectural sculpture
Works for which this site has images and discussions — Medals and Coinage
- The Royal Academy Prize Medal (and George V)
- The Royal Academy Prize Medal (and George V) II
- Queen Victoria Coinage
- Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal (bronze)
- Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal (silver)
- Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee medals for mayors
- Commemorative medal with Queen Victoria's medallion portrait (St. Gabriel's Church Pimlico)
- Maundey Money
- British coinage employing Queen Victoria's portrait
- Untitled (The Arts) (maquette for the Royal Academy medal) (bronze)
Works with no photographs on this site
- James Earl of Angus, 1892 Douglas (Scotland)
- Richard Baxter, 1875 Kidderminster
- Edward VII, 1922 Toronto (originally New Delhi)
- Edward VII, 1922 Sydney
- Thomas Gainsborough, 1906 R.A.
- Genius of Poetry, 1891 Denmark
- Mars and Minerva, 1889 Duke's Road Euston
- Maharajah Jang Bahadur Rana, 1885 Nepal
- Royal Scots Fusilier, 1902 Ayr (Scotland)
- Charles Lord Russell of Killowen, 1905 Royal Courts of Justice
- Snake Charmer, 1877 private collection
- Queen Victoria, 1902 Carlton House Terrace
- Sir Aston Webb, 1922 R.A.
Link to a talk (offsite)
- "With an Expert: Thomas Brock": click on the title to access a highly recommended talk on Brock by John Wickson, recorded on 23 June 2022 for the Arts Society, Worcester. John was joined by Philippa Tinsley, Head of Service at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, and Sophie Heath, the Director of the Museum of Royal Worcester
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Brock, Frederick. Thomas Brock: Forgotten Sculptor of the Victoria Memorial. Ed. John Sankey. Bloomington, IN.: Ian Thompson/Author House, 2012. [review” by Jacqueline Banerjee].
Getsy, David. Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877-1905. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture,. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.
Sankey, John. Thomas Brock and the Critics — An Examination of Brock's Place in the New Sculpture Movement. PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, 2002.
Last modified 20 May 2021