Died 28 December 1921
Active: 1881 - 1911
Country of birth and death: England
Sculptor, stone mason
Born and died in Leeds, Yorkshire. He was the son of James Thewlis (born c.1839), an engine stoker at a factory. Joseph is named as the carver of the façade of Abtech House, 18 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JA with a design commorating international banking c.1900. The architects were Oliver and Dodgshun.(see http://www.regulatorybreach.com/documents/BBHO2.pdf)
The War Memorial in Ledbury Herefordshire was by a J. Thewlis of Headlingly. The stone used is oolitic limestone with granite plaques on which the names are inscribed. There are mosaics depicting an angel, a soldier and a seaman on the lower section of the memorial. This information was supplied by Jenny Harrison. The attribution to Joseph Thewlis has yet to be confirmed, but the connection to Headingley suggests the memorial was either his work or his firm.
Wealth at death: £772 9s. 10d.
Probate date: 6 March 1921
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at Yorkshire Union of Artists, Exhibition at Leeds City Art Gallery, 1889
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, The Spring Exhibition, 1899
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, The Spring Exhibition, 1906
Institutional and Business Connections
Traded as Thewlis & Co.
1900 (Circa) - 1911 (Circa)
Descriptions of Practice
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
'Carver & Sculptor [over-written] Stone Mason'
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891
'Carver and Sculptor' worker
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901
'Stone' (sic) employer
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
Catalogue of the Loan Collection at the City Art Gallery, Leeds 1889
Cat. Nos. 956a, 957, p. 121
Catalogue of the Spring Exhibition, The City Art Gallery, Leeds 1899
Cat. Nos. 260, 261, pp. 30, 85
Catalogue of the Spring Exhibition, The City Art Gallery, Leeds 1906
Cat. Nos. 851, 853, pp. 71, 100
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
Class: RG11; Piece: 4497; Folio: 64; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1342077
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891
Class: RG12; Piece: 3709; Folio 116; Page 42; GSU roll: 6098819
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901
RG13 piece 4246 folio 130 page 27
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
RG14PN27079 RG78PN1549 RD500 SD4 ED26 SN364
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Joseph Thewlis Jul-Aug-Sep 1862 Leeds, Yorks Vol. 9b Page 417
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858-1966
Name: Joseph Thewlis Probate Date: 6 Mar 1922 Death Date: 28 Dec 1921 Death Place: Leeds, Yorkshire - West Riding, England Registry: Wakefield
Citing this record
'Joseph Thewlis', 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=msib5_1206721046, accessed 27 Mar 2015]