Charles Bacon (sculptor)

Charles Bacon (1821–1886) was a 19th century English sculptor primarily remembered for his equestrian statue of Prince Albert at Holborn Circus in central London.[1]

Statue of Prince Albert, Holborn Circus
John Candlish statue in Sunderland


He was born in London the son of John Bacon a print compositor.[2]

He originally trained as a gem-cutter and seal-maker working in Pentonville but moved from this to intaglio work (exhibiting in the Royal Academy from 1841) and then at the suggestion and promotion of poet and friend Alaric Watts he trained as a sculptor at the Royal Academy Schools from 1846. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1842 to 1884.[3]

From 1861 he has studios at Sloan Street in Chelsea. By 1884 when he retired he was the Bolton's Studios in South Kensington.[4]

He died at home, East Dome House in Bognor Regis on 1 April 1886.


His family home was at 7 Loughborough Place in Brixton where his son Charles Irvine Bacon and three daughters were born.

Most Notable WorksEdit


  1. ^ ""Prince Albert" by Charles Bacon".
  2. ^ "Charles Bacon – People – Southwark Heritage".
  3. ^ Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851 by Rupert Gunnis
  4. ^ "Charles Bacon - Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951".