In Focus
The Singer exhibited 1889 and Applause 1893 by Edward Onslow Ford

ISBN 978-1-84976-388-2


Hubert von Herkomer 'Edward Onslow Ford' 1895
Hubert von Herkomer
Edward Onslow Ford 1895 Signed with initials, inscribed and dated 'To my friend/Onslow Ford/H H 95' (upper right)
1852 Birth of Edward Onslow Ford in London on 27 May.
1864 Death of Ford’s father.
1870 Following in Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s footsteps, Ford trains at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp.
Moves to Munich and shares a studio with fellow English sculptor, Edwin Roscoe Mullins.
1871–4 Studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich, where he is encouraged by Professor Michael Wagmuller.
1873 Marries Freiin Gwendoline von Kreusser.
1875 Returns to London.
Exhibits a bust of his wife at his Royal Academy debut.
Edward Onslow Ford 'The Singer' exhibited 1889
Edward Onslow Ford
The Singer exhibited 1889
Tate N01753
1886 Folly is bought for the nation under the Chantrey Bequest.
1887 Peace
1887–90 General Gordon on a Camel
1888 Made an Associate of the Royal Academy.
Gives lecture on ‘The Modern Renaissance in Sculpture’ at the National Association for the Advancement of Art and its Application to Industry.
1889 The Singer exhibited at the Royal Academy.
Exhibits at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society.
1890 Visits the Royal Academy modelling school.
Exhibits at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society.
Edward Onslow Ford 'Applause' 1893
Edward Onslow Ford
Applause 1893
Tate T12622
1893 Applause exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
1895 Becomes President of the Art Workers Guild.
Made a Royal Academician.
1897 Benjamin Jowett Memorial
1898 Sri Sri Chamarajah Waiyer
1899 Queen Victoria
Maharaja Lakshmeshwar Singh
1900 Suffers from heart disease.
1901 Dies on 23 December and is buried on 27 December at East Finchley, London.
A popular figure, a monument was later erected to his memory (C. Lucchesi, sculptor, J.W. Simpson, architect) in St John’s Wood, London, near where he had lived.

How to cite

‘Chronology’, in Jason Edwards (ed.), In Focus: 'The Singer' exhibited 1889 and 'Applause' 1893 by Edward Onslow Ford, Tate Research Publication, April 2013,, accessed 21 August 2017.