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Edward Onslow Ford

Born Islington, London, he originally trained as a painter at Antwerp Academy, 1870, but turned to sculpture while studying at Munich, 1871-4.

The sculptor of the Sir William Pearce Monument, Govan (1894), amongst his many other public commissions are the statues to General Gordon, Chatham (1890, repeated at Khartoum, 1904) and Queen Victoria, Manchester (1901).

A close associate of Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), and a contributor to the New Sculpture movement, he exhibited busts, statuettes and genre pieces at the RA from 1875, and was elected ARA , 1888, and RA , 1895.

In 1903, he was commemorated with a monument in Grove End Road, London, designed by Simpson, incorporating a copy of the Muse on his Shelley Memorial, Oxford, of 1892, and a bronze portrait medallion by A.O. Lucchesi.


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Govan Cross, at the junction with Burleigh Street
Monument to Sir William Pearce (1894)
Sculptor: EO Ford; Foundry: Broad & Sons; Designer and builder of pedestal: R Lawson
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