George Blackall Simonds

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George Blackall Simonds
Born(1843-10-06)6 October 1843
Died16 December 1929(1929-12-16) (aged 86)
Known forSculpture
Notable work
The Falconer (1873)
Maiwand Lion (1886)
Statue of Queen Victoria (1887)
Statue of George Palmer (1891)

George Blackall Simonds (6 October 1843 – 16 December 1929[1]) was an English sculptor and director of H & G Simonds Brewery in Reading in the English county of Berkshire.[2]


George was the second son of George Simonds Senior of Reading, director of H & G Simonds, and Mary Anne, the daughter of William Boulger of Bradfield.[1] His grandfather was Reading brewing and banking entrepreneur, William Blackall Simonds.[1] He added Blackall to his name after the death of his brother, Blackall Simonds II, in 1905.[1] He was brother-in-law of the portrait painter, John Collingham Moore, and cousin of the botanist, George Simonds Boulger. He served as the inaugural Master of the Art Workers' Guild in 1884-85.

His best known works are The Falconer (1873) in Central Park, New York City (US) and the Maiwand Lion (1886) in the Forbury Gardens, Reading in Berkshire (UK).[1]

In 1922, he temporarily came out of retirement to build the war memorial in Bradfield, the village where he lived in Berkshire. This commemorates the deaths of local men in the First World War, including his son, a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers.[n 1]

In 2005, users of Reading Borough Libraries, voted him winner of the 'Great People of Reading' poll.[citation needed]



  1. ^ His son, George Prescott Blackall Simonds, died aged 33 on 26 September 1914 in the opening weeks of the war. He was among the missing and is commemorated on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Simonds, Raymond (2004). "George Blackall Simonds". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
  2. ^ "Simonds Brewery". BBC Berkshire. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
  3. ^ "Casualty Details: Blackall Simonds, George Prescott". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 7 August 2016.

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