Date of Birth
12 Jun 1863
Date of Death
10 Oct 1931
Place Of Birth
Place Of Death
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The sculptor Bertram Mackennal was born in Melbourne, Australia. He learned art from his father, then at the Melbourne National Gallery School (where Rupert Bunny was a fellow student), and came to England to study the antique at the British Museum in 1883. The following year he entered the Royal Academy Schools, but the teaching did not prove agreeable to him, and he soon left, to go to Paris. There, still aged only 19, he set up his own studio, while continuing his studies with visits to the workshops of a variety of eminent sculptors.

Back in England Mackennal became head of the art department of the Coalport Potteries in Shropshire. However, in 1887 he won a competition to provide relief carvings for the Victoria State houses of Parliament, and he spent two years back in Australia working on this commission. After rather mixed success, he achieved fame with his statue Circe in 1893. By this time he was back in London, and it was there that he settled, becoming one of the more important sculptors of his time.


Works by this Artist