Sculpting Royalty: Hew Locke and Mary Thornycroft

12 Jul-3 Nov 2024
PV 11 Jul 2024, 6-8pm

Henry Moore Institute
Leeds LS1 3AH


What happens when the work of a Victorian royal sculptor quite literally clashes with a twenty-first century reframing of monarchy and memorialisation?
This display takes as its starting point the recent acquisition of Hew Locke’s Souvenir 10 (Princess Alexandra) 2019 for the Leeds collection, a reworked Parian ware bust of Princess Alexandra of Denmark produced after a marble original by Mary Thornycroft.

About the artists
The British royal family in all its manifestations, and throughout history, is ever present in the work of Guyanese-British sculptor Hew Locke (b. 1959). For Locke, images of the royal family have functioned as symbols of British power, history and identity.

Working during the reign of Queen Victoria, British sculptor Mary Thornycroft (1809-95) became known primarily as a royal sculptor, patronised by the monarch herself and commissioned to produce portrait busts of over four generations of the royal family.

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