Thomas J Clapperton
|Thomas J Clapperton|
|Born||14 October 1879|
|Died||15 February 1962 (aged 82)|
He studied at the Galashiels Mechanics Institute, then Glasgow School of Art from 1899 to 1901, then the Kennington School of Art in London and then the Royal Academy Schools in 1904-5. In the latter he was student assistant to Sir William Goscombe John. After further studies in Paris and Rome, he set up studios at Chelsea and St John's Wood, London, as a sculptor.
In collaboration with C L J Doman, he produced in 1926 the large frieze representing Britannia with the Wealth of East and West on the front of Liberty's department store, Regent Street, London. His work overseas includes a war memorial in New Zealand, a sculpture in Canada and a fountain in California.
In 1926 a bronze sculpture was commissioned by the mayor of Oamaru, Robert Milligan, to adorn the famous Oamaru Botanical Gardens. It was unveiled on 7 March 1927. Milligan was inspired by Sir George Frampton's 1913 Peter Pan sculpture in London's Kensington Gardens  and wanted a similar sculpture for Oamaru. Milligan was referred to Thomas Clapperton since he had been a pupil of Frampton's. The sculpture is entitled 'Wonderland Statue' and was gifted by the mayor to Oamaru. The work appears more ornate and intricate than the Peter Pan sculpture. It is reported that Harold Richmond so loved Clapperton's Wonderland Statue in the Oamaru Gardens as a child, that later as an adult he gifted two statues (sculpted by Cecil Thomas) to the Dunedin Botanical Gardens.  One statue is of Peter Pan, and the other is of Wendy and her brothers.
Honours and awards
Clapperton was elected a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1938.
- Learning aka Mrs Mitchell, Mitchell Library, Glasgow (1909)
- Mungo Park Memorial, Selkirk (1912)
- The Fletcher Statue, Flodden Memorial, Selkirk (1913)
- Canonbie War Memorial (1919)
- Selkirk War Memorial (1922)
- Earlston War Memorial (1923)
- Minto War Memorial (1925)
- Oamaru World War One Memorial, New Zealand (1926)
- Oamaru Wonderland Statue, Oamaru Public Gardens, New Zealand (1926)
- Galashiels War Memorial (1927)
- Robert the Bruce, entrance to Edinburgh Castle (1929)
- Plaque to the poet, James Brown, Selkirk (1931)
- Monument to Sir Walter Scott, Galashiels (1933)
- Memorial to James Guthrie, grand prix motorcyclist, Hawick (1937)
- Memorial to the 49th West Riding Reconnaissance, Wakefield Cathedral (1947)
- Springtime aka Peter Pan, Glasgow Green (1949)
Monument to Sir Walter Scott, Galashiels (1933)
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