Sir Thomas Brock

Sir Henry Tate

exhibited 1898

On display at Tate Britain

Bronze on stone base
Object: 533 x 584 x 356 mm, 43.5 kg
Presented by subscribers 1898

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This bust of Henry Tate commemorated the opening of the original Tate Gallery. Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899) had made his fortune through a new process of sugar refining and by selling sugar in neat, white cubes. In 1889 he offered to donate a collection of contemporary British art to the National Gallery. Since no suitable space could be found for these works, Tate provided the funds to build an entirely new gallery at Millbank, which opened in 1897. Brock was a successful portrait sculptor of the Victorian era, whose crowning achievement was the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace

Gallery label, February 2010