Born 21 December 1810 (Presumed)
Died 6 May 1888
Active: 1841 - 1871
Country of birth and death: England
Born in Tickhill, nr. Doncaster, Yorkshire. The birth date given here is taken from the headstone in Kensal Green Cemetery, and presumably records information supplied by the sculptor's widow. But there was a baptism on 26 January 1810 in Tickhill, Yorkshire of a Thomas Milnes born to a John and Mary Milnes. If this record relates to the sculptor then his birth date should be brought forward a year to December 1809.
Milnes entered the Royal Academy Schools on 21 April 1841 on the recommendation of Edward Hodges Baily. Milnes completed a number of funerary monuments and exhibited statues and busts at the Royal Academy. In 1858 he was invited to model four lions for the base of Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square. However the designs were considered unsuitable and returned to Milnes by the First Commissioner of Works. (See Roscoe, 2009)
The details of Milnes' birth and death have been submitted by his descendant Chris Bell.
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Model of a stag
Model of bull
Model of two sheep
Address 3 Judd Place East Euston Square London | View on map
1845 (Circa) - 1857 (Circa)
Groves give the house number as 30, this is assumed to be incorrect as the consensus of other sources is number 3
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The International Exhibition, London, 1862
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1842 - 1866
Exhibited 4 times in the period (1854-1866) and 7 times prior to this (1842-1850), showing between one and five works in any given year.
Exhibited at Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations (London), 1851
Exhibited at The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, 1826-
Exhibited at the annual exhibition 1 time: 1855 (1 work)
Personal and Professional Connections
Advised by Edward Hodges Baily
21 April 1841 (Presumed)
Milnes entered the Royal Academy Schools on the recommendation of Baily
Descriptions of Practice
Listed under Sculptors Post Office London Directory, 1860 Post Office/Kelly London Directories
Listed under Sculptors Post Office London Directory, 1851 Post Office/Kelly London Directories
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851
Class: HO107; Piece: 1497; Folio: 578; Page: 28; GSU roll: 87830
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871
Class: RG10; Piece: 4429; Folio: 27; Page: 7; GSU roll: 847119
Citing this record
'Thomas Milnes', 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=msib7_1206548550, accessed 19 Jan 2017]