Born 14 January 1895
Died 9 October 1970
Active: 1920 - 1946
Country of birth and death: England
Sculptor, medal, coin and seal designer
Born in Longfield Terrace, Alverthorpe, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Died of bronchopneumonia in Fulham Hospital, Hammersmith, London. His primary medium was coin and medallic work, including the designs for the coinage for the Irish Free State (1927-8) and the George Cross (1940). During the 1930s he also designed shop fronts and interiors.
Wealth at death: £1,973 0s. 0d.
Probate date: 27 January 1971
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, Yorkshire Artists' Exhibition, 1933
Exhibited at Leeds College of Art, 1846-1946 Centenary Exhibition, City Art Gallery, 1946
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1921 - 1938
Exhibited 4 times, one or two works on each occasion.
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, 1861-1951
1925 - 1926
Exhibited 2 times (an average of two works per show)
Institutional and Business Connections
Designed for Royal College of Art (including National Art Training School)
The College's war memorial was designed and executed by Percy Metcalfe in 1921. He exhibited the design at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1921 (cat. no. 1133).
Designed for The Royal Mint
1924 - 1948
Executed numerous commissions, starting with the medal awarded to exhibitors at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, 1924.
Studied at Leeds College of Art
Studied at Royal College of Art (including National Art Training School)
1920 (Circa) - 1921 (Presumed)
Probably left the College in the 1920-1921 session. See 'Register of R. C. A. Students' (1907-1924), unpaged loose set of pages within this volume.
Catalogue of the Leeds College of Art 1846-1946 Centenary Exhibition, 1946
Cat. Nos. 172, 173, p. 15
Catalogue of the Yorkshire Artists' Exhibition 1933
Cat. No. 291, p. 12
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Philip Attwood, ‘Metcalfe, Percy (1895–1970)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/64504, accessed 2 Oct 2009]
Register of Royal College of Art Students, 1907-1924 Royal College of Art
Unpaged loose pages.
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989. Volume 3, L-P. A Dictionary of Exhibitors at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1991 The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989
Citing this record
'Percy Metcalfe', 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_1214493852, accessed 20 Feb 2017]