Hampshire, Toogood and Son
Sir Hamo Thornycroft RA (1850-1925) studied in the studio of his parents, Thomas and Mary, who were both sculptors. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1869 and travelled to France and Italy in 1871. He won the Royal Academy gold medal in 1876 and became an ARA in 1881 and an RA in 1888, his diploma work being a bas-relief entitled “The Mirror”. Much of his work is in museums and a number of sculptures are in outdoor sites, including a monument to General Gordon in Victoria Embankment Gardens, a statue of Oliver Cromwell in front of the Houses of Parliament; the Gladstone Monument in the Strand and statues of “The Mower” and “The Sower” in Kew Gardens. He was knighted in 1917. Toogood and Sons, Millbrook Road, Southampton, were established in 1815 and were seedsmen to Queen Victoria and Edward VII.
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