Artist biography

Sir Bertram MacKENNAL 1863–1931

Sculptor. Born 12 June 1863 in Melbourne, Australia, son of a sculptor. First studied at the Melbourne Art School. Came to London 1882; studied at the R.A. Schools 1883 and in Paris from 1883; 1889–92 in Australia, having won the competition for the decoration of Government House, Victoria. Honourable mention at the Paris Salon for his ‘Circe’ 1893. Other works include sculptures for the pediment of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Whitehall, and war memorials at Eton and in the House of Commons; he also designed the George V coinage. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1886; A.R.A. 1909, R.A. 1922. K.C.V.O. 1921. Died 11 October 1931 at Torquay; Represented in the Late Members exhibition, R.A., winter 1933.

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