Sir Thomas Brock: Colin Minton Campbell
Thomas Brock was born in Worcester in 1847, where he later attended the School of Design. In 1866 he became a pupil of fellow sculpture John Henry Foley after an apprenticeship at the Worcester Royal Porcelain Works. Brock took over some of Foleys commissions after his death in 1874.
In 1887 Thomas Brock was commissioned to create a sculpture in the memory of Colin Minton Campbell, who was the grandson of famous potter Thomas Minton and in 1880 was elected mayor of Stoke-on-Trent and occupied office for three years, he died in 1885.
The bronze statue depicts Campbell on top of the tall pedestal of grey Cornish granite, which stands eight feet in height. In 1901 Thomas Brock was given his most significant commission, the vast multi-figure imperial memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham palace. George V was so moved by the excellence of the memorial he knighted Brock at the unveiling in May 1911.