Portrait Bust of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh by Samuel Tonkiss, 1974
Portrait Bust of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh by Samuel Tonkiss, 1974
Portrait Bust of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh by Samuel Tonkiss, 1974
Portrait Bust of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh by Samuel Tonkiss, 1974
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Portrait Bust of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh by Samuel Tonkiss, 1974

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Height overall: 32cm (12.6in)

Patinated bronze. Portrait head of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021), one of twelve cast from a commission from Salford University of which the duke served as the first Chancellor from 1967-1991. Signed and dated ‘Tonkiss / 74’. Numbered ‘7/12’ and bearing the foundry stamp of Morris Singer. Mounted on a green marble plinth.

Chancellor, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. HRH Prince Philip served as the first University Chancellor from 1967-1991.

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Samuel Tonkiss (1909-1992) journalist and editor, born in Broseley, Shropshire, whose early life was in the Potteries. He left school at 14 to become an errand boy, at 16 moving to Todmorden, Lancashire, where he remained, rising by self-education from worker for a clothing firm to staffer and then editor for 21 years of the Todmorden News and Advertiser. During World War II he was a conscientious objector before being declared unfit for military service because of a weak heart. On his fiftieth birthday, Tonkiss decided to start sculpting in clay, the material worked by his Cornish ancestors. He was encouraged by the local artist and writer William Holt and sculptor Dante Alberti, of Manchester, both key influences. Tonkiss developed as a fine, sensitive portrait sculptor, and was ‘never out of work’.

The National Portrait Gallery, Salford Art Gallery and Manchester City Art Gallery each hold a casting of his head of the artist L S Lowry.  His bust of the composer Sir Edward Elgar, commissioned by the Elgar Foundation Trust, is in the composer’s Worcestershire birthplace. Other subjects included Nikita Kruschev, for the Soviet Embassy; the conductors Sir John Barbirolli and Sir George Solti; the philosopher Bertrand Russell and Sir John Cockcroft, Nobel Prize winner and atomic scientist. A retrospective show of his work was held at the Salford Art Gallery in 1983. Tonkiss published two memoirs: ‘Raking Amongst the Embers’, 1987, and ‘Just for the Record', 1990.