Onslow FORD 1852–1901
Sculptor of monuments, busts and symbolical subjects. Born 27 July 1852 in London. Studied painting for a short time at the Antwerp Academy in 1870; decided to take up sculpture while studying under M. Wagmüller at Munich 1871–4 On his return to London exhibited annually at the R.A. from 1875, and at the Grosvenor, Suffolk Street and New Galleries, at first portrait busts and statues, after 1884 chiefly symbolical figures. Made the bronze monument to General Gordon at Chatham 1889–90, the Shelley Memorial at University College, Oxford, 1892, and the colossal figure of Queen Victoria for Manchester 1901. A.R.A. 1888, R.A. 1895. Died in London 23 December 1901.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I