Person Male Born 28/1/1873 Died 15/8/1928
Architectural sculptor. Born Westminster. Son of architectural sculptor Samuel Poole and brother of painter Samuel Jr. He studied with G. F. Watts and was a Studio assistant on Physical Energy. Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, 1921 till his sudden death in 1928.
Other work in London includes: carved stone work on Westminster Central Hall (1905–1911) including the spandrel angels; relief panels for the Public Library and Baths, Great Smith Street, (1892–1893); goddess of painting on 144 New Bond Street; interior decoration of The Black Friar public house, Queen Victoria Street; sculpture on Bethnal Green Town Hall; Deptford Town Hall.
Special note to the 3 pediment sculptured figures rescued from the United Kingdom Provident Institution building at 190-196 Strand (demolished 1970s). IanVisits informs that these lovely figures are now displayed along Milford Lane between Strand and Tweezer Alley.
Mapping Sculpture lists the "the ten foot bronze winged figure for Selfridge's" as one of Poole's works but elsewhere it is consistently credited to Gilbert Bayes. Speel's page is informative with many photos of the works.
We were delighted to find this 1927 photo of Poole at work in his Chelsea studio from a daily newspaper reporting on his election to the Royal Academy.