The Welsh sculptor, draughtsman, and teacher “studied at the Bristol School of Art, the South Kensington Training Schools, London (1872–75), and attended the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1881–84), where he directly carved the Slave Girl (c. 1884), now in the National Museum in Cardiff With his friends George Clausen, H. H. La Thangue, and the photographer P. H. Emerson he became a founder-members of the New English Art Club. He lived and worked in Italy between 1889 and 1906. Upon his return to England, “he lectured at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, from 1911 and in 1914 became the first Professor of Sculpture” (Invaluable.com).
Works Illustrated on this Site
- Lycidas (Tate Britain, Manchester, Aberdeen)
- Head and Shoulders of a French Woman, bronze bas relief
- Agriculture, 1895 (marble bas relief)
Works Without Illustrations on this Site
- Slave Girl, National Museum, Cardiff
- Rupert Brooke Memorial Rugby School
- Boadicea. Cardiff City Hall
- Edmund Burke, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
- Mountain Ash War Memorial
- Young Boy, marble bust, 1879
- Nude Man Draping Sleeping Woman, circular brnze bas relief
- Slave Girl National Museum, Cardiff
Getsy, David J. Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877-1905. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
'James Havard Thomas RWA', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011.
Steggles, Mary Ann. Statues of the Raj. Putney, London: BACSA [British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia], 2000. Page 43.
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