Thomas Woolner

1825–1892

Biography

Sir Max Beerbohm, 'Woolner at Farringford, 1857' 1917
Sir Max Beerbohm
Woolner at Farringford, 1857 1917
© The estate of Max Beerbohm

Thomas Woolner RA (17 December 1825 – 7 October 1892) was an English sculptor and poet who was one of the founder-members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He was the only sculptor among the original members.

After participating in the foundation of the PRB, Woolner emigrated for a period to Australia. He returned to Britain to have a successful career as a sculptor, creating many important public works as well as memorials, tomb sculptures and narrative reliefs. He corresponded with many notable men of the day and also had some success as a poet and as an art dealer.

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