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Thomas Woolner

English Pre-Raphaelite sculptor (1825 - 1892)

Woolner was considered to be a leading sculptor of mid-Victorian England. He trained under Charles and William Behnes and entered the Royal Academy schools in 1842, exhibiting at the Academy the following year. His statuette of Puck attracted praise from William Holman Hunt and Woolner joined the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. He was committed to the philosophy of the Pre Raphaelites and his work portrayed the exactness and 'truthfullness' of nature. In 1852 Woolner emigrated to Australia to join the gold rush but this did not bring financial success and failing to secure a commision for a statue of William Charles Wentworth, he returned to London in 1854. The majority of Woolner's work consisted of portrait statues and amongst these were busts of Richard Cobden (1865) and Charles Kingsley (1876) both of which are in Westminster Abbey. Woolner was elected Associate of Royal Academy in 1871, became a member in 1874 and was appointed Professor of Sculpture in 1877. He resigned in 1879.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Suffolk: Hadleigh
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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