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John Bird as a Boy
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Roebuck Collection

John Bird as a Boy c.1925–1935

Cecil Thomas (1885–1976)

Roebuck Collection

Sculptor, medallist and occasional painter, born and lived in London. In 1901, Thomas was apprenticed to his father’s gem engraving business and early in his career concentrated on gems, medals and seals. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, Heatherley’s School and the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Richard Garbe, Edwin Roscoe Mullins and Henry Wilson were among his teachers. During service with the Middlesex Regiment in World War I, Thomas was badly wounded. Through his friendship with the Reverend Tubby Clayton, founder of TOC H, Thomas became the Christian body’s sculptor. He made for its associated church All Hallows Barking, in the city of London, a TOC H Lamp relief, a figure group The Sea and a posthumous effigy of Clayton.

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

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