Artist biography

Gilbert LEDWARD 1888–1960

Sculptor of portrait figures and monuments in stone and bronze. Born 23 January 1888 in Chelsea, London, son of the sculptor Richard Arthur Ledward; his mother Mary Wood came from a family of potters. Studied from c. 1903 to 1914 at the Chelsea Polytechnic, Goldsmiths' College, the R.C.A. under Lantéri, and the R.A. Schools. Won the R.A. Gold Medal and Travelling Studentship and the first British School of Rome Scholarship in Sculpture 1913. Served in the 1914–18 war. Member of the Faculty of Sculpture and of the Council of the British School at Rome 1920. Professor of Sculpture at the R.C.A. 1926–9. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Royal Mint 1938. A.R.A. 1932, R.A. 1937. President of the R.B.S. 1954. Executed a number of memorials after both wars, the fountains in Sloane Square 1952–3, and the Great Seal and Five Shilling Piece 1953. Died in London 21 June 1960.

c Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I