Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook

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Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook
Born Elizabeth Mary Bradford
November 7, 1913
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died February 23, 2009(2009-02-23) (aged 95)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Nationality Canadian
Education Ontario College of Art
Known for Sculptor and designer
Notable work Federal Building "Wildlife and Industry" panels ca. 1952, "George Bernard Shaw" 1997, "Emanuel Hahn" 1952, "Family Tree" 1960.
Awards Lieut. Governor’s Silver Medal for Sculpture, 1935; National Sculpture Society of New York, Gold Medal, 1969 and the Canadian Portrait Academy Cleeve Horne Award - Best Portrait Sculpture, 1998

Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook, CM, O.Ont (7 November 1913 – 23 February 2009) was a Canadian portrait sculptor, medal designer and liturgical artist. She co-founded the Canadian Portrait Academy and the Canadian Group of Art Medalists.

Education and training[edit]

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, on November 7, 1913[1] the great-great-granddaughter of John Willson, she was a student of sculptor Emanuel Hahn 1937-1938. Holbrook studied at the Ontario College of Art, Royal College of Art in London England 1936 and at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan at the studio of Carl Milles 1948.

For short time she was an Art Lecturer in Sculpture at Dundas Valley School of Art 1964, 1968. She was a lecturer of sculpture at the Burlington Cultural Centre 1990-1993 and at McMaster University, Faculty of Arts in Hamilton, Ontario 1995-1999. Holbrook’s portrait sculptures are represented in over 50 public collections worldwide.

Her works include the bronze 24' standing figure of a Royal Military College of Canada cadet 1979 (later known as ‘Brucie’), which was a gift of the Royal Military College Club.[2] She also produced a bronze bust of Colonel George Stanley, a former Royal Military College professor, who designed the Canadian Flag.[3]


HM Queen Elizabeth II; William Osler; Ellen Fairclough; John Diefenbaker; Emanuel Hahn; Henry Moore; among many others. Her last commissioned sculptures were that of Conrad Black and his wife Barbara Amiel created in 2000 and 2002 respectively.

Architectural sculptures[edit]

Federal Building, Hamilton, Ontario. Eight large mezzo relief stone panels depicting wildlife and industry.

Awards and honours[edit]


Holbrook died of natural causes in Hamilton on February 23, 2009. She is buried at St. John's Anglican Church, Ancaster, Ontario alongside her husband "Jack" Holbrook and her son William "Billy" Holbrook. The family is interred next to a litugical headstone designed by Holbrook.


Holbrook mentored and influenced Canadian sculptor Christian Cardell Corbet[4][5]


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