Sir Henry Tate,” by Sir Thomas Brock

Sir Henry Tate

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



Tate Library, Brixton, London

Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899), the sugar magnate and patron of the arts, gave the National Gallery of British Art (now Tate Britain) to the nation in 1897. An "association of gentlemen" commissioned a bronze bust of Tate and presented it to the new gallery "in recognition of Henry Tate's services to British art" in 1898. A replica was commissioned by Lady Tate and unveiled by her outside the Tate Central Library in Brixton on 11 October 1905 (see Sankey 134).

  • Original, Tate Britain
  • Bronze replica in its setting
  • Photographs and text kindly provided by John Sankey, whose copyright they remain.

    text by Jacqueline Banerjee.