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Henry Poole (sculptor)

Two Caryatids sculpture by Henry Poole, stood in the New Kent Road.
Evesham War Memorial

Henry Poole RA (28 January 1873 — 15 August 1928) was a British architectural sculptor.[1]

He studied at the Lambeth School of Art in 1888; and from 26 January 1892 under Harry Bates ARA and George Frederic Watts RA at the Royal Academy Schools.[2] Poole was elected ARA 22 April 1920 and became a full RA in 1927, shortly before his death. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1894 – 1928;[2] and was Master of the Sculpture School from 1921 to 1927.[1]

He worked for the army school of camouflage founded by Solomon Joseph Solomon, at Hyde Park during World War I.[2]

Much of his architectural work has disappeared with the demolition of the buildings it decorated, but some examples survive. The celebrated bronze lions commissioned to guard The Bund entrance of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's magnificent 1923 Shanghai office, still survive in the Shanghai History Museum. These were cast by J W Singer & Sons, in Frome, and modern replicas sit in their place outside the building on The Bund.

His statue of Edward VII, outside the Victoria Rooms in Bristol is another bronze survivor. As is the Statue of Captain Albert Ball, VC, DSO**, MC, the World War I fighter ace, in the grounds of Nottingham Castle.

Carved stone works survive at Cardiff City Hall (Giraldus Cambrensis), Deptford Town Hall and Westminster Central Hall.



  1. ^ a b Henry Poole, R.A. (Royal Academy) accessed 1 October 2009
  2. ^ a b c Young Pan, 1928 (Royal Academy) accessed 1 October 2009
  3. ^ Historic England. "Black Friar public house (1285723)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  4. ^ Gunby, David (2004). "Ball, Albert (1896–1917)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. pp. 553–55. ISBN 0-19-861353-9.