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Diluain, 13/Sep/2010

Albert Hodge, Sculptor born on Islay

Islay has many famous sons and daughters, recently I came across another one I hadn't heard of before. He is probably not known to many people, at the same time many people will have seen and will still see the results of his work. I haven't been able to find much about his connection with Islay, but Albert Hodge (or Albert Hemstock Hodge to give his full name) was born in Port Ellen in 1875.

I first came across his name in an entry 4 Millbank SW1 on the ORNAMENTAL PASSIONS blog by Chris Partidge. In the same blog we find more work possibly by him in 54 Harley Street W1. Armed with that information I tried to find out a bit more:

Most of the details about his connection with Islay (actually, pretty much all of them) come from the Albert Hodge biography on Glasgow - City of Sculpture, where it says:

Born at Port Ellen, on the island of Islay, on 17 July 1875, the son of Alexander A Hodge, the Collecting Supervisor of the Inland Revenue, he originally trained as an architect in the Glasgow office of William Leiper and studied at GSA , where he regularly won local and national prizes for modelling and architectural design.

Another biography with examples of his work in the UK can be found on Bob Speel's website in the Sculpture pages. Another page worth visiting is the Hodge, Albert H (1875-1918), Sculptor page on Your Archives area of The National Archives.

A few more pictures of his work can be found on Flickr: The Clyde Navigation Trust Building, The Clyde Navigation Trust Building (2), The Clyde Navigation Trust Building (3) and The Clyde Navigation Trust Building (4). Then there's the Port of London Authority Building with the Statue of Exploration and the Statue of Exploration from the other side.

Albert Hemstock Hodge died aged only 43 on 31/Dec/1917.

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