Thomas Brock

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Sir Thomas Brock

Sir Thomas Brock KCB RA (Worcester 1 March 1847 – 22 August 1922) was an English sculptor.


Thomas Brock in his studio, 1889.

Brock was born in Worcester, attended the School of Design in Worcester and then undertook an apprenticeship in modelling at the Worcester Royal Porcelain Works. In 1866 he became a pupil of the sculptor John Henry Foley. He married in 1869, and had 8 children. After Foley's death in 1874, Brock completed some of his commissions.

He first came to prominence when he was asked to complete the statue of Prince Albert for the Albert Memorial. In 1901 Brock was awarded the colossal equestrian statue of Edward the Black Prince, set up in Leeds City Square, and was also given perhaps his most significant commission, the vast multi-figure Imperial Memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace. According to legend, at the unveiling in May 1911, George V was so moved by the excellence of the memorial that he called for a sword and knighted Brock on the spot.

George V of the United Kingdom and Queen Mary with Sir Thomas Brock in the foundry of A.B. Burton.

His group The Moment of Peril (now in the garden of Leighton House) was followed by The Genius of Poetry, at the Carlsberg Brewery, in Copenhagen, Eve, and other ideal works that mark his development. Other works include busts, such as those of Lord Leighton and Queen Victoria, statues, such as Sir Richard Owen and Henry Philpott, bishop of Worcester, and sepulchral monuments such as Lord Leighton in St Pauls Cathedral, a work of singular significance, refinement and beauty.

Brock was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1883 and full member in 1891.


The Imperial Memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace
  • Statue of Sir Rowland Hill, inventor of the Penny Black and modern postal system. Vicar Street, Kidderminster. Unveiled 26 June 1881.[4][5]
  • Statue of Queen Victoria on the grounds of the Belfast City Hall
  • Memorial to the victims of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, also on the grounds of Belfast City Hall
  • Statue and bas-relief on the Sir Henry Bartle Frere Memorial, Whitehall Gardens, London
  • Statue of Sir Henry Irving on Charing Cross Road, London
  • Figures of Navigation and Gunnery at the Admiralty Arch, London
  • Equestrian bronze A Moment of Peril (1880) now in the collection of Tate Britain
  • Design of Queen Victoria's 'veiled' or 'widowed' head on British coinage and medals (1893–1901).


  1. ^ The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, Nikolaus Pevsner, 1968 p312
  2. ^ The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, Nikolaus Pevsner, 1968 p207
  3. ^ Kidderminster Since 1800, Ken Tomkinson and George Hall, 1975 p209-210
  4. ^ The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, Nikolaus Pevsner, 1968 p208
  5. ^ Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project


  • Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.
  • British Sculpture, 1850–1914. Exhibition catalogue, The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street London Wl. 30 September – 30 October 1968.
  • Byron, Arthur. London Statues. London: Constable, 1921.
  • 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.
  • Mark Stocker, 'Brock, Sir Thomas (1847–1922)'. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford


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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Preceded by
Joseph Edgar Boehm
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Obverse sculptor

Succeeded by
George William de Saulles