[The following information comes from Katharine Harris’s website about her grandfather or from personal communications. — George P. Landow]

1869      Born Tonge Moor, Bolton, the third son of James Crook, a Cotton Waste Maker and his wife, Dinah (née Hamilton).

1870s     Family moves to St Mark’s Street, Bolton.

1881       Boarder at the Xavierian Collegiate College in Chorlton upon Medlock, with his older brother Charles.

1890       Graduates from the Manchester School of Art under Richard Glazier with his Art Master’s Certificate.

1890s      St. Cecilia (bas relief)

1891       Attends Royal College of Arts in South Kensington.

1893       Bust of a Young Girl

H. M. Smith (bronze bust)

1895       Bas-relief panel of a young boy

1896       Assistant to Edouard Lanteri (1848-1917) during his fifth and last year at South Kensington.

c.1896    Modelling Master and Anatomy Lecturer at Manchester School of Art.

1899       Rents house at 79, Clarendon Road, South Manchester, with John Shields, Painting Master at the art school, and has a studio in the garden.

1901       Bas reliefs on the ceiling of the Council Chamber in the UMIST building, Sackville Street, Manchester.

1902       March plays a prominent role in the lavish decoration for the Royal visit to Manchester” by the Prince and Princess of Wales.

November: awarded the Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Art.

Eurydice (plaster).

1904       Associate Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art.
Stone fountain figure, Dukinfield Park, Manchester. (replica, family collection).

Prayer (marble).

1905       After father, James, dies in April, Crook resigns position in Manchester and moves to Chiswick, where he rents a studio in Gainsborough Road. His widowed mother and his two unmarried sisters all live with him at Wavendon Avenue, attending Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Church in Chiswick, which plays a large part in his life over the years to come.

St. Patrick (plaster).

c. 1907    Marble life-size bust of Dinah Crook the artist’s mother (bronzed plaster bust remains in the family).

Bishop Casartelli

John Shields (bust).

1908       Creates Angel and Virgin panels of an annunciation in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Standishgate, Wigan and twenty plaster figures of saints and old testament personages for the same church.

1909       Exhibits Dawn, a marble statuette, at the Royal Academy.

1910       First Communicant, life-size marble bust of a child, at Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, New York. Identical Bronze and plaster busts remain with the family.

Head of a Girl.

Elected Member of the Royal Society of British Artists.

1911       Lady altar at St. Mary’s with lifesize statue of the Virgin in Carrara marble and two panels, the Visitation and Coronation, also in Carrara marble.

Designs pulpit for St. Mary's

Mrs. Doyle Allan (portrait bust)

Miss Blomfield (bust)

1912       Tidal Wave

Mysteries (sometimes called Youth or Echoes).

1913       Elected Hon. Secretary of the Royal Society of British Artists under the Presidencies of Sir Alfred East and Frank Brangwyn — position he holds until his death.

Pulpit St. Mary’s, Standishgate, Wigan.

The Lillies.


1914-18  Declared too old for active service, Crook serves in London as a Red Cross volunteer, 1914-18.

1914        Exhibits Youth at the Royal Academy. (Augusta Stylianou Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus)

Steward of the Artists General Benevolent Institution (AGBI) representing the Royal Society of British Artists.

1915       Sir Thomas Picton (Cardiff City Hall) marble.

Belgium (life-size figure).

1918       War memorial: Life-size Portland stone Calvary figure on a Celtic styled cross, St. Lawrence’s Church, Caterham, Surrey.

1919       Hires Miss Winifred Saunders as a studio assistant.

War memorial: Plaster Pietà, St. Katharine’s Church, Rotherhithe.

War memorial: A life-size crucifix in Portland stone, All Saints Church, Streetly, near Sutton Coldfield.

War memorial: Lifesize crucifix, the figure in bronze on a teak cross, St. John the Baptist Church, Felixstowe.

War memorial: A large plain cross in Portland stone with a small crucifix on the top and two figures on the cross beam, Mary and St John, St. Saviour’s Church, Raynes Park, London.

1920      The Lillies exhibited McLennan Gallery in Glasgow.

War memorial: bronze plaque set in gold mosaic, St. Mark’s Church, North Audley Diana

War memorial: Marble St. Athony with Christ Child, St. Mary’s Church, Standishgate, Wigan.

Paints Stations of the Cross, St. Mary’s Wigan.

1921      Serves on the Council of the Artists General Benevolent Institution for over 20 years

War memorial: Bronze Britannia for London and Lancashire Insurance Company. Now on marble plinth at National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire.

Miss Blomfield (memorial bust).

1922      Cupid.

1926      Alessandra Roses: A life-size marble bust (family collection).


1928      Exhibits St. Therese of Lisieux at the Royal Academy (now at the Gatehouse, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent).

Anna Airey marble. Location unknown.

The Lilies exhibited International Exhibition of Garden Design in Westminster.

1929       Marries Winifred 3 October 1929 at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Mortlake.

Bronze Angel Lectern on a carved wooden plinth, St. Mark’s Church, North Audley Street, London

1930       First of five children born.

Chairs the British Empire Society of Arts, 1930-1938.

1932       Trustee representing the AGBI of the Francis Reckitt convalescent home

1934       Bust of artist's daughter.

1937       Represents the Royal Society of British Sculptors on the Council of the British school in Rome.

1939       At the outbreak of the Second World War Winifred and the children are evacuated to Buckinghamshire, whilst Thomas stays in London.

HRH George VI (bust).

Nine cast stone plaques for the New Malden Library, Kingston, Surrey — Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, Philology, Natural Science, Applied Science, Fine Arts, Literature, and History.

Australian Satinwood bas relief of Caxton and his Printing Press for the library.

1940       General Field Marshall Mannerheim.

Edmund Burke (1/3 size ccopy of J. H. Foley's original).


1949       Dies 18 January.

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