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Hercules the Shire Horse
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Watford Museum

Hercules the Shire Horse 1977

Charles Egerton Browne (1910–1996)

Watford Museum

Artist noted for his animal sculptures, and engineer, whose early education was blighted by dyslexia, so that he resorted to night school and self-education. Trained as a toolmaker, he became a chartered engineer. Was the founder and chairman for over 40 years of the Egerton Group of Companies, which from the early 1940s was involved in the aerospace industry, based in Burnt Oak, Middlesex. Browne studied sculpture in the studios of L Cubitt Bevis and Ernest Shone-Jones; pastels and oil with Helen Wilson at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art (he helped save it when it hit hard times in the late 1960s); animal painting with Marguerite Frobisher in Bushey; and bronze casting with Michael Gillespie at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, St Albans.

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

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