Born in Melbourne, Australia, the son of a Scottish architectural sculptor. First studied under his father, then at Melbourne School of Art. Arrived London 1882, entered R.A. Schools, but soon left for Paris. First exhibited at R.A., 1886. 1889-92 in Australia, having won competition for decoration of Government House, Victoria, 1893. Circe received honourable mention at Paris Salon. Much influenced by French Academic manner, then” by Rodin's later style.

Works include: Memorial Tomb for Edward VII, St. Georges' Chapel, Windsor (joint commission with Sir Edwin Lutyens as architect); National Memorial to Gainsborough, Sudbury, Suffolk. Designed George V coinage.

A.R.A. 1909, K.C.V.O. 1921, R.A. 1922. [British Sculpture 1850-1914, p. 28.]

Bertram Mackennal by Abbey Altson. Art Gallery of New South Wales Accessioned 2004.

Biographical and Related Materials Materials

Monuments and public sculpture

Nudes and figure studies, including one with allegorical, literary, and religious titles


Funerary sculpture



Architectural sculpture



Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983. Pl. 174.

British Sculpture 1850-1914. A loan exhibition of sculpture and medals sponsored by The Victorian Society. London: Fine Art Society, 1968.

Edwards, Deborah. Bertram Mackennal. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007. This catalogue raisonné, which contains 150 color plates and an equal number of black-and-white illustrations, also comes with a CD-ROM. [Additional information, including how to order it.]

Important Arts and Crafts Furniture and Works of Art, English, Foreign and European Bronzes 1830-1930. Sale catalogue of 18 May 1975. London: Sotheby's Belgravia, 1975.

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