Artist biography

James Havard THOMAS 1854–1921

Sculptor of figures, portrait busts and reliefs; a pioneer in the revival of ancient methods, especially the use of black wax in large-scale works. Born 22 December 1854 in Bristol. Studied at the Bristol School of Art, the R.C.A. as a National Scholar, and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, under Cavalier. Practised in London 1884–9, and in Italy, near Naples, where he also worked at a local bronze foundry, 1889–1906. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1872, the International Society from 1898 and the Society of Twelve from 1908. First one-man exhibition at the Carfax Gallery 1909. Appointed Assistant Lecturer at the Slade School 1911 and Professor of Sculpture 1915. Died in London 6 June 1921. Memorial exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1922 and a further exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery 1936.

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