WILKINSON, Thomas William

1875 - 1950

Thomas William Wilkinson

Thomas William Wilkinson, was born at 4 Kingswood Street, Horton, Bradford, Yorkshire on 18 October 1875, son of Eli Wilkinson, a police constable, and his wife Mary née Dean, who married at Bradford in 1856. Thomas studied at Bradford Art School and married at Bradford in 1900, Annie Sharp and about 1904, they came to Ipswich where he studied at the Ipswich School of Art under George Rushton [q.v.] passing his examinations in ornamental painting in 1909. In 1911, a 35 year old accountant for the Corporation Electricity and Transport Departments, living at 6 Blenheim Road, Ipswich with his 37 year old wife Annie and their two children, Sidney Davis [q.v.] 9 and Harry 8, both born at Bradford. A sculptor, mainly of portrait heads, an Associate Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, also a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1907-1949 and exhibited from 6 Blenheim Road, Ipswich in 1916, a 'Statuette' made to order in plaster or bronze also in 1923, a bronze statuette 'Sleep', a plaster 'Bust' and a wood 'Bust of an Old Man', in 1927 a statuette in bronze and in 1943 four statuettes, two bronzes 'Diana Resting' and 'Head of a Woman' and two plaster 'Torso' and 'Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven' and exhibited five sculptures in 1944. He also exhibited at Tibbenham's Gallery, Brook Street, Ipswich in 1943, eight sculpures 'In Disgrace', 'Aspiration', 'Adolescence', 'The Elf', 'My Mother', 'Lot's Wife', 'A Philosopher' and 'Portrait-Dr. Otaker Vocadlo, of Prague' which was also exhibited at the Paris Salon. Thomas also exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1903 and at the Paris Salon from 1912. At the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974, two of his bronzes were displayed 'Adolescence' and 'Portrait of an Old Lady'. In 1939 a widower, still living at 8 Blenheim Road, Ipswich where he died on 30 April 1950. His portrait in pencil was drawn by Eleanor Gribble [q.v.]