Sir Augustus Harris, by Sir Thomas Brock

Sir Augustus Harris (1852-96)

Sir Thomas Brock, K.C.B., R.A. 1847-1922

Bronze bust in terracotta surround, incorporating a drinking fountain

Unveiled 1897

Drury Lane Theatre, London

Sir Augustus Harris was manager of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane during its heyday from 1873 to 1896. He died of exhaustion at the early age of forty-four. The Prince of Wales was patron of the memorial committee, which decided to erect a drinking fountain with a bronze bust of Harris by Brock [Closer view of bust]. In its report on the unveiling by the Lord Mayor on 1 November 1897, the Times noted that Brock's bust was "finely executed" (2 November 1897).

Photographs by Robert Freidus

Formatting and image correction by George P. Landow

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