Ernest Gillick

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Gillick's cenotaph in Glasgow

Ernest George Gillick RA (19 November 1874 – 25 September 1951) was a British sculptor.


Gillick was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, on 19 November 1874, the son of a tailor.[1] The family moved to Nottingham, where Gillick was apprenticed as a designer in around 1891.[1] He studied at the Nottingham School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. His first important commission was for the figures of J.M.W. Turner and Richard Cosway for the facade of the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1901.

He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and worked frequently as a medalist, as did his wife, Mary Tutin, whom he married in 1905. They had been students together at Nottingham.[1]

He served on the Sculpture Faculty of the British School at Rome and on the Council of the Imperial Arts League.[1] He was a member of the Art Workers Guild from 1916 until his death, being elected Master in 1935.[2] He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1935, but never became a full Academician.[1]

He died in London on 25 September 1951 aged 76.[1]



Ex Tenebris Lux (from darkness comes light). 1937. In Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ernest George Gillick ARA". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851–1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII (Online database). Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ The Year's Art. 1936. p. 104.
  3. ^ "Polar Medal 1904, George V". The Royal Collection. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  4. ^ Joslin, Litherland and Simpkin. British Battles and Medals. p. 217. Published Spink, London. 1988.

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