Thomas Milnes (b. 1813)

The sculptor Thomas Milnes was born in Yorkshire. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1841, and exhibited at the RA from 1842 through to the mid-1860s. He exhibited at Westminster Hall in 1843, and also had a design for a memorial at the Great Exhibition, and a Samson slaying the Lion at the 1862 Exhibition. His works include a Nelson in Norwich, now by the Cathedral, a Wellington in the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, Dr Charlesworth for Lincoln, and a bust of Titus Salt for his memorial in the church in his town of Saltaire. Also in Saltaire are four lions by Milnes, originally made for Trafalgar Square but considered unsuitable. His other work seems to have been mainly as a monumental mason (there seems to have been several Milnes who were stonemasons in Yorkshire), and an example may be seen in Kensal Green Cemetery.

Monument to Aldred Cooke, Kensal Green

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