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Sculptor and teacher, born in Greenford, Middlesex. Studied at Lambeth School of Art under Edgar Silver Frith, then at Royal Academy Schools, gaining four silver medals. Went on to become vice-principal and teacher of sculpture at Liverpool City School of Art. Was a fellow of RBS and showed extensively at RA, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, winning a gold medal for sculpture at Paris International Exhibition in 1900. Major works included Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria Memorials in Liverpool, Glasgow Corporation acquiring his marble The Woman Thou Gavest Me. Was a member of Art Workers’ Guild from 1894, retiring in 1936. Lived latterly at Albury, near Guildford, Surrey. The University of Liverpool Art Gallery held a first retrospective of Allen’s work, accompanied by an extensive catalogue, in 2003.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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