Albert Arthur Toft [commonly known as Albert Toft] was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England on 3 June 1862 and was the son of the designer and pottery modeller Charles Toft (1832-1909). He studied at Birmingham School of Art and then at Hanley School of Art and Newcastle-under-Lyme School of Art. He moved to London and attended the National Art Training School in South Kensington, where he was taught by Édouard Lantéri (1848-1917) from 1879 to 1881 [or 1881 to 1883 - sources differ]. In 1883 he was apprenticed to Josiah Wedgwood and Sons where he trained as a potter and became chief modeller. He exhibited frequently at the at the Royal Academy in London from 1885 to 1947. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Arlington Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Grosvenor Gallery and New Gallery in London; Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh; Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; Leeds City Art Gallery; Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Royal West of England Academy in Bristol; and at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet)

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