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R. B. Cunninghame Graham (1852–1936)
Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

R. B. Cunninghame Graham (1852–1936) c.1892

Albert Toft (1862–1949)

Glasgow Museums

Sculptor of figures and portrait busts, born in Birmingham. He came from a long line of Staffordshire artists and craftsmen, his brother being J Alfonso Toft and his father Charles Toft. Albert Toft was apprenticed as a modeller to the Wedgwood pottery firm, attending evening classes at Hanley and Newcastle-under-Lyme. In 1880 he won a scholarship to Royal College of Art, where he studied under Édouard Lantéri. He was elected a fellow of RBS in 1938 and two examples of his restrained style are illustrated in the 1939 volume RBS: Modern British Sculpture. Wrote the book Modelling and Sculpture, 1911. Toft was a prolific exhibitor at RA, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and elsewhere. War memorials in Birmingham and Cardiff were among his many public commissions.

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

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