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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Francis William Doyle-Jones (1873–1938)

Sculptor. Born in West Hartlepool, he was trained at the National Art Training School, South Kensington, under Edouard Lanteri. He made his début at the Royal Academy (RA) in 1903, with subjects relating to the recent Boer War. He created Boer War memorials for Middlesbrough (1904), West Hartlepool (1905; bronze figure stolen, 1968), Llanelli (1905), Gateshead (1905), and Penrith (1906). He later made First World War memorials for Brighouse and Elland, both Calderdale (both 1922), Sutton Coldfield (1922), Woking (1922), Gravesend (1922), and Partick & Whiteinch, Glasgow (1922). A large proportion of Doyle-Jones’s RA exhibits were portraits. His public monuments include memorials to the journalists Edgar Wallace (1934) and T.P. O’Connor (1935–39) in Fleet Street, Captain Webb (1910) at Dover, and Robert Burns (1914) at Galashiels. In 1936, his portrait bust of Edward VIII as Prince of Wales was presented to the Stationers’ Company. Doyle-Jones exhibited with the International Society, the Royal Hibernian Society, the Glasgow Institute, and the Walker Art Gallery.

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, pp. xvii, 180–81; J. Johnson and A. Greutzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880–1940, Woodbridge, 1976; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Glasgow, Liverpool, 2002, p. 409; G.T. Noszlopy, Public Sculpture of Birmingham (ed. J. Beach), Liverpool, 1998, pp. 77–78; P. Usherwood et al, Public Sculpture of North-East England, Liverpool, 2000, pp. 70–71; P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of the City of London, Liverpool, 2003, pp. 139–40, 143, 228.

Philip Ward-Jackson, 2003; updated Terry Cavanagh April 2024