Allen, a sculptor, wood carver, and medallist who was active between 1894 and 1936, was born in Greenford, Middlesex. He apprenticed to Farmer and Brindley around 1879, and he worked for this company, which specialized in architectural sculpture, for approximately eleven years. He studied first at the Lambeth School of Art and then at the Royal Academy Schools (from 1887). In 1894 he was appointed a Lecturer in Sculpture and Modelling at Liverpool School of Architecture and Applied Arts. He remained at the school, which became the Liverpool School of Art in 1905, until his retirement in 1927.
During his years in Liverpool Allen executed many important commissions in the city including an architectural scheme for the Royal Insurance Company Building (1896-1902) and a monument to Queen Victoria (1902-6). Allen's wife died soon after his retirement from teaching and thereafter he lived with his sister in Farley Green, Albury, Surrey. He died there in 1956 [Informtion from from “Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture” (see below)].
Sculpture in the round
- Queen Victoria Monument, Liverpool
- Love and the Mermaid
- Apollo with Female Attendants
- Memorial to John Heminge and Henry Condell.
- Justice, Sketch Model for Group on the Liverpool Victoria Memorial
- Bust of an elderly woman
- “The Woman that Thou gavest to be with me”
- Allegorical group over the main entrance in North John Street
- Liverpool, a municipality, employs Labour and encourages Art
- Liverpool collects produce and exports the manufactures of the country
- Royalty with Kingly Power and Honour supported by Plenty and Justice
- Figurative group beneath the third floor windows in North John Street
- The Murmur of the Sea
- 700th Anniversary of Liverpool
- Felicia Dorothea Hemans medal for Lyrical Poetry
- Mary Kingsley medal for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
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Cavanagh, Terry. Public Sculpture of Liverpool. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1997.
“Charles John Allen”. Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain & Ireland 1851-1951, Victoria and Albrt Museum website. Web. 10 April 2011.
Ward-Jackson, Philip. Public Sculpture of the City of London. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2003.
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