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Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones (1908–1968)

Sculptor. Born in Grahamstown (S. Africa), he trained at Wolverhampton College of Art (1924–29) under Robert Emerson, and at the Royal College of Art (1929–33) under Richard Garbe and Gilbert Ledward. He married the sculptor, Gwynneth Holl, and worked briefly as an assistant to Charles Wheeler before taking up a post as head of sculpture at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen (1934–48). He moved on to become head of sculpture, first at Middlesex Polytechnic and then at the South East Essex Technical College and School of Art. In 1963 and again in 1968, he was visiting artist in residence at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. Huxley-Jones received three important commissions for London statuary: the statue of David Livingstone for the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore (1953), the Helios Fountain for the BBC TV Centre (1960), and the Joy of Life Fountain for Hyde Park (1963). He settled in Chelmsford, and did much work in Essex, including a figure of St Peter for Chelmsford Cathedral, a figure of Christ (1968) for St Martin’s Church, Basildon, and bronze doors for the Westminster Bank in Romford. In 1960, for the publisher Alec Tiranti, he wrote a book entitled Modelled Heads, which illustrates many of his own portrait works, alongside the work of contemporaries and a choice of historical examples. Huxley-Jones was a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Bibliography (updated 2023): D. Buckman, Artists in Britain since 1945 (2 vols: A–L, M–Z), Bristol (1998), 2nd edn. 2006; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 287–89, 333–37; Huxley-Jones Papers, held at the Essex County Record Office, Chelmsford; Weekly News, 13 December 1968 (obit.); P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster. Volume 1, Liverpool, 2011, pp. 85–87.

Philip Ward-Jackson 2011