Henry Alfred Pegram RA (1862-1937)

The sculptor H. A. Pegram was born in London and studied at the West London School of Art before attending the RA Schools from 1881. He was studio assistant to Hamo Thornycroft from 1887-91, and his early work was also influenced by Alfred Gilbert. He produced various ideal works - female and occasionally male nudes - and lots of portrait busts, as well as some architectural sculpture.

Pegram became ARA in 1904 and RA in 1922, but his greatest successes came earlier rather than later in his career. Two of his works were bought under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest: Ignis Fatuus (1899) and Sybilla Fatidica (1904). An example of his ideal work on permanent display is the Hylas in Regent's Park (see the walk there). In 1898 he made the bronze candelabra for St Paul's Cathedral, and in the crypt, his are the memorials to the astronomer William Huggins and George Clement Martin. His architectural work includes friezes at 20 Buckingham Gate, Westminster (1895) and at the United University Club, Suffolk Street (1906) as well as the relief at the entrance to the Imperial Institute, South Kensington (1891-2), sadly demolished in an act of academic barbarism. In Norwich, there is a large seated bronze statue in Shakespearean pose by Pegram, of a 17th Century philosopher/physician called Sir Thomas Browne in the market square. The Cunard Memorial in Liverpool is also due to Pegram.

Perseus and Andromeda

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