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Ian Rank-Broadley (b. 1952)

Sculptor and medallist. He studied sculpture at Epsom School of Art, 1970–74, under Bruce McLean, and went on to postgraduate studies at Slade School of Art, 1974–76, under Reg Butler, Michael Kenny and John Davies; a Boise Travelling Scholarship funded visits to Naples, Florence, Venice and Paris, 1976–77. On his return he worked as an assistant to Reg Butler. In 1989, he was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and in 1994, a Fellow. In 1995, he was elected to the Art Workers’ Guild (committee member, 1999–2002; Trustee, 2002–05). He was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (and granted Freedom of the City of London) in 1996, served on the Company’s Modern Collection Committee, 2004–10, and made a Liveryman, 2009. He was a Trustee, 2010–13, of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London. His public sculptures include 14 bronze figures for the Armed Forces Memorial, 2007, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire (Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture, 2008); a memorial to Dean Colet, 2010, St Paul’s Cathedral; a statue of Diana, Princess of Wales, 2021, Sunken Garden, Kensington Palace; and Licoricia and her son Asser, 2022, Winchester. Rank-Broadley’s breakthrough as a designer of coins came in 1997 when he won the Royal Mint competition for the new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II to be used on United Kingdom and Commonwealth coinage from 1998 (he was granted two sittings to help him refine his design); in 2012 he was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vicenza Numismatica.

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 364–65; Ian Rank-Broadley website; K. Rodgers, ‘Elizabeth II reaches reign milestone’, Numismatic News, 10 September 2015.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022

Rank-Broadley, Ian

Ian Rank-Broadley (photo: Steve Russell Studios)