William Midgley ARCA
Active: 1889 - 1933
Sculptor, medallist, painter, teacher
Dates are usually the year a work was exhibited so may differ from date of production.
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Three Stamped Figure Plates
Seven Stamped Switch Plates
Case of Medals
Physical Training Medal for Messrs Phillips
Portrait of the Late Dr Sampson Gamgee
Memorial Medal to Dr Sampson Gamgee
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The Centenary Opening Exhibition (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists), 1913
Exhibited at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists [Spring] Exhibition, 1916
Exhibited at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 50th Autumn Exhibition, 1917
'Case of Medals'
Exhibited at Royal Society of Artists Birmingham Autumn Exhibition, 1924
Exhibited at Royal Society of Artists Birmingham Spring Exhibition, 1925
Exhibited at Royal Society of Artists Birmingham Autumn Exhibition, 1926
'Portrait of the Late Dr Sampson Gamgee'
Exhibited at Royal Society of Artists Birmingham Arts and Crafts Exhibition, 1909
Exhibited 'Door Furniture and Switches, etc.': p. 21 (Cases 14 and 15).
Exhibited at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists [Autumn] Exhibition, 1916
Exhibited a 'Soldier's and Sailor's Memorial Medal': p. 30 (Case 1, no. 12). The medal was designed by Drury and died by W. Midgley.
Institutional and Business Connections
Elected professional associate member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1900 - 1906
Elected as an Associate member in Spring 1900.
Elected professional member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1906 - 1933
First listed in the Society's catalogues as a full Member in Spring 1906. Last listed in Spring 1933. From Spring 1927 listed as R.B.S.A.
Honorary treasurer of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1915 - 1933
Member of Birmingham Art Circle
December 1900 - December 1901
The reason for his resignation is listed as being that he was 'working in London for a diploma, and would not be able to paint pictures for sometime' [summary 'Annual Report 1901'].
Professor of sculpture at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1926 - 1933
Listed in the Society's exhibition catalogues as 'Professor of Sculpture' from Autumn 1926 to Spring 1933.
Studied at Royal College of Art (including National Art Training School)
Won a scholarship to the school whilst studying at the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. Studied at the Royal College of Art under Lanteri. Here he was awarded 'The Travelling Scolarship' which enabled him to study in Rome. No dates are given. See 'Mr. William Midgley', in the Birmingham Post, 23 June, 1933 in 'Birmingham Biography', vol. 21, p. 114.
Studied at Birmingham Municipal School of Art, Central School
Teacher at Birmingham Municipal School of Art, Central School
Joined the school after his return from Rome. In 1912 Midgley was appointed Headmaster of the branch Art School at Aston. He held this post until 1926 when he retired. See 'Mr. William Midgley', in the Birmingham Post, 23 June, 1933 in 'Birmingham Biography', vol. 21, p. 114.
Tutor at Midland Arts Club
Lectured at the Club on the subject of 'Some Notes on a Century of the Royal Society of Artists.'
Worked with William Alan
Alan issued a portrait medal of Joachim (violinist) produced by Margaret Winser and engraved by William Midgley in 1912. See Forrer, vol. 6, (1916), p. 513.
Personal and Professional Connections
May be connected to A.W. Midgley
Very possibly the same person
Worked with Margaret Winser
Winser created a portrait medal of Joachim (violinist) which was issued by William Allan, of Nottingham, and engraved by Midgley. See Forrer, vol. 6, (1916), pp. 513-514.
Annual Report, presented Dec. 27th, 1901 Birmingham Art Circle
27 December 1901
Annual Report, presented Dec. 29th, 1900 Birmingham Art Circle
29 December 1900
Birmingham Biography, Newspaper Cuttings, 1872-1966 Birmingham Biography
See 'Mr William Midgley' in the Birmingham Post, 23 June, 1933, in 'Birmingham Biography', vol. 21, (31 March-2 November 1933), pp. 113-114.
The Art Circle, Register of Members to Date, 1879-2002 Birmingham Art Circle
The History of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
Midgley was author of this undated history
Citing this record
'William Midgley ARCA', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib4_1204023458, accessed 29 Aug 2015]