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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Frank Bowcher (or Boucher) (1864–1938)

Medallist, designer of seals, and sculptor, born in London. His father, Henry, was an etcher, draughtsman and cartoonist and his brother, Alfred William (1863–1890), a sculptor. Bowcher entered the National Art Training School, South Kensington, c.1881, and worked in the studio of Edward Onslow Ford. He was awarded silver medals at the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1900, and at the Brussels Exposition Universelle, 1910. He was, in 1905, a founder member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. He executed marble portrait busts for a number of prestigious clients including the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, the Earl and Countess of Derby and the Maharaja Gaekwar of Baroda, but it was as a medallist and designer of seals that he chiefly became known. He designed the silver seals for King Edward VII and King George V; the Order of Merit for Baroda State, India; the Osler Memorial Medal for the University of Oxford; and medals for the Royal College of Art, Royal College of Science and Eton College. He also designed and executed silver statuettes for the opening of the Sennar Dam, Sudan, and restored antique bronzes for the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy.

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, p. 101; F. Lloyd et al, Public Sculpture of Outer South and West London, Liverpool, 2011, pp. 67–68; The Times, 8 December 1938, p. 18 (obit.).

Terry Cavanagh November 2022