Born in London, son of sculptors Thomas and Mary Thornycroft. Entered R.A. Schools in 1869 while working with his father. Greatly admired the Elgin Marbles. Visited Italy in 1871. Exhibited at R.A. from 1872; in 1875 won gold medal with Warrior Bearing Wounded Youth from the Field of Battle acquired” by the Art Union of London. "Artemis" commissioned by the Duke of Westminster for Eaton Hall, 1879.

From 1882-1914 taught at R.A. Schools and received many public commissions including memorial to Gladstone, Strand; General Charles Gordon; and Oliver Cromwell, Westminster. Also executed a frieze for Institute of Chartered Accountants building, London. R.B.S. Gold Medal, 1923; joint memorial exhibition with F. Derwent Wood at R.A. 1927. A.R.A. 1881, R.A. 1888, Knighted 1917. [British Sculpture 1850-1914, p. 35.]

Thornycroft's Home on Melbury Road, London

Gilbert in his studio 1title1

Monuments and Portraits

Literary, Mythological, Allegorical


Architectural Sculpture: Freizes for the Institute of Chartered Accounts building



Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.

Bowman, Robert. Craft and Creation — 2005. London: Robert Bowman Gallery, 2005.

Bowman, Robert. Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture. London: The Fine Art Society, 2008.

British Sculpture 1850-1914. A loan exhibition of sculpture and medals sponsored by The Victorian Society. London: Fine Art Society, 1968.

Getsy, David. Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877-1905. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. [Review” by George P. Landow]

Gibson to Gilbert: British Sculpture 1840-1914. Exhibition catalogue. London: The Fine Art Society, 1992.

McKenzie, Ray, with contributions” by Gary Nisbet. Public Sculpture of Glasgow. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2002.

Manning, Elfrida. Marble & Bronze, the Art and Life of Hamo Thornycroft. London : Trefoil Books, 1982.

Nahum, Peter, and Sally Burgess. Pre-Raphaelite-Symbolist-Visionary. London: Peter Nahum at Leicester Galleries.

The Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project.

Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982. Pages 382-86, Plates. 472-474.

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