Artist biography

Charles Web Gilbert 1869-1925

Australian sculptor of portrait busts, and monumental and allegorical figures. Born near Talbot, Victoria. Worked at first as a pastry cook, also studying drawing and painting at the National Gallery School, Melbourne; as a sculptor was practically self-taught. An original member of the Yarra Sculptors' Society (the first sculptors' society in Australia) and exhibited regularly at the Victorian Artists' Society. Moved in 1914 to London, where he exhibited at the Royal Academy 1915-18. Appointed sculptor in charge of modelling in the War Records Section of the AIF. After his return to Australia in 1920 carried out work for the Australian War Museum and completed the Flinders Statue for Melbourne, a monument to the 2nd Australian Division at Mont St Quentin and a colossal figure of a digger at Broken Hill. Died in Melbourne.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.284-5