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Re: The March Siblings. Sculptors and Artists
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2016, 23:09:06 »
The National War Memorial of Canada.

Photos:  Major J S Matthews. City of Vancouver Archives. Public domain.
Click on links below for access to larger images, typically 3000 x 2200.

First 4 photos show the memorial under construction at Farnborough Kent.

AM54-S4-: Mon P41.1. Memorial with March siblings.

AM54-S4-: Mon P41.3. With Vernon and Sydney March.

AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-1968.

AM54-S4-2: CVA 371-1971.

AM54-S4-: Mon P41.2. Canadian War Memorial in Hyde Park London before transfer to Ottawa.

AM54-S4-:2-: CVA 371-1975. Unveiling ceremony of the Canadian War Memorial on Parliament Hill.


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Quite incredible, so much artistic talent and endeavour in one family. Many thanks. 


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The March Siblings. Sculptors and Artists
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2014, 00:46:47 »
The March siblings.
Edward March           ?   -1941. Artist-designer-modeller.
Sydney March         1876-1968. Sculptor.
Percival March        1878-1953. Artist-designer-modeller.
Frederick March      1880-1962. Artist-designer.
Eva Blenkin March  1881-1964.  House-keeper.
Dudley March          1882-1974. Artist-jeweller.
Elsie March             1884-1974. Sculptor-portrait painter-metal worker.
Walter March          1888-1954. Artist-metal worker.
Vernon March         1891-1930. Sculptor-artist-designer.

The nine siblings were born in Kingston upon-Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire between 1874? and 1891.
By 1901 the family had moved to Battersea, London, where their father was employed as a builders clerk.
c 1902 the siblings moved to 'Goddendene' at Locksbottom near Farnborought in Kent. Here, in a 17-roomed house set in a seven acre ground, the group established an artists collective with three large studios and a foundry capable of the production of large scale bronze sculptures.

Sydney March
Trained at Royal Academy Schools. First prize silver medal 1900.
Sydney was a prolific sculptor whose primary focus was portrait busts and war memorials. He exhibited thirteen times at the Exhibition of the Royal Academy of the Arts between 1900 and 1932.
Notable works
Equestrian statue of Lord Kitchener 1890. Kitchener Barracks brompton.
Bust of King Edward VII 1901.
Bust of Cecil John Rhodes 1901.
Bromley War Memorial 1922.
The United Empire Loyalist Monument. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 1929.
For collaborative works see below.

Elsie March
1919. Exhibited two works at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.
Exhibited seven times at the Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts.
1943. Was awarded the Lady Feodora Gieichen Fund for her terracotta statuetta 'mother and Child'.
Notable works
Bust of Beethoven 1920.
Bust of Lawrence of Arabia 1936.
Bronze bust of Harry Geoffrey Beasley, British anthropologist and museum curator. 1939.
Large sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill, now displayed in Bromley Library.
For collaborative works see below.

Vernon March
In 1911 Vernon exhibited two of his works at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition.
Between 1907 and 1927 he exhibited seven times at the Exhibition of the Royal Academy of the Arts. Despite having no formal training, Vernon had the distinction of being the youngest exhibitor, sixteen, at the Royal Academy of Arts. His sculpture of Psyche was purchased on the third day of the event in 1907.
Notable works
Cape Town War Memorial 1924.
Samuel de Champlain Monument, Orillia, Ontario, Canada 1925.
Diamond War Memorial, Derry, Northern Ireland. 1927
Designed by Vernon and Sydney, built by Vernon.
National War Memorial of Canada. Designed by Vernon in 1925. Vernon died of pneumonia in 1930 before work on the memorial was completed. The work was completed by his siblings, see below.

Collaborative works include-

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers South African War Memorial. 1904.
Dedicated to the Inniskilling Fusiliers who died in the Boar War. Originally located on the High Street in Omagh, County Tyrone, but was moved to Drumragh Avenue in 1964 as it created a traffic hazard.

Lewes War Memorial 1922.
School Hill on the High Street in Lewes Sussex. Dedicated to the local fallen of the first World War. The memorial has a central obelisk of Portland stone on top of which is a globe upon which stands a bronze winged Victory holding a laurel wreath aloft. Bronze angels sit at its base. The monument was rededicated in March 1981 so that the fallen of the Second World War could also be commemorated.

Sydenham War Memorial. London 1920.
The memorial commemorates the fallen soldiers of the First (and later, Second) World War who were employees of the South Suburban Gas Company. The monument features a bronze figure of Victory, three bronze plaques (now stolen) were on the front of the memorial listing the names of the fallen.

The National War Memorial of Canada. 1937.
The most impressive piece of work produced by the siblings. It stands in Confederation Square Ottawa. In 1982 it was rededicated to include the Second World War and the Korean War.
A competition was held in 1925 to seek designs for a Canadian National War Memorial dedicated to the First World War. The competition received 127 entries, of which seven were asked to produce scale models. The winner, announced in January 1926 was Vernon March.
Vernon's design, known as 'The Great Response of Canada' is a tall granite arch topped by Liberty and a winged Victory. Twenty two bronze figures, from all disciplines that served in the war, are shown marching through the arch.
Work began in 1926, with Vernon assisted by his six brothers and his sister, all of whom completed the work after Vernon's death in 1930.
The work was finished in July 1932 and was displayed in Hyde Park for a short while. It then went into storage until the site in Ottawa had been prepared. The monument was unveiled by King George VI on the 21 May 1939.
British Pathe Film Canada's National Memorial 1932. 
Only two of the March siblings married.
Eva married Charles Francis Newman in 1916 and had a daughter.
Fredrick married Agnes Annie Gow in 1926 and had a son and daughter.

Apart from Eva, all the siblings are buried in St Giles the Abbot Churchyard Farnborough Kent, together with their parents. Sydney March sculpted the 'Fallen Angel' that marks the family graves.


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