Albert Toft came from a family of Staffordshire artists in pottery and silverwork. He was apprenticed as a modeller at Wedgwood's, then after evening classes locally went on to the Royal College of Art in London where he studied under Lanteri. His earliest works exhibited at the Royal Academy were mainly portrait busts, such as George Wallis (London, Victoria and Albert Museum, R.A. I890)
He also began to develop ideal works, some in bust form -- In the sere and yellow leaf (R.A. 1892 and 1893) -- others in the form of figure statues such as Fate-led: Fate leading, she must needs go on and on of 1890 and 1892, a full-length nude now in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. In fact, Toft produced a series of statues of naked ladies with fancy titles, as did ; other Toft examples include Spring (Birmingham City Art Gallery, R.A. 1897) and The Spirit of Gontemplation (Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, R.A. I90l and I903). Spielmann wrote that this '. . . is the most complete of all Mr Toft's works. Life-size, it is a beautiful representation of the female form, original, almost daring, in its simple arrangement, decorative with praiseworthy self-restraint, dignified and refined.' Toft was also responsible for South African War memorials in Cardiff and Birmingham. ‐ Read, Victorian Sculpture, 352.
- Ellaline Terris
- Sir Henry Irving (bas relief)
- Frank Brangwyn
- Queen Victoria
- Children of the Sculptor
- The Royal Fusiliers Memorial
- South African War Memorial, Cardiff
- War Memorial, Streatham Common North, London SW16
- War Memorial, Leamington Spa
- A Memorial to the Men of Birmingham who fell during the War in South Africa, 1899-1902
Nudes and figure studies
- The Spirit of Contemplation
- Victory (with ornate bronze socle mounted on a rectangular marble base)
- Victory (without ornate bronze socle and mounted on cylindrical marble base)
- Victory (large version with sword and sceptre)
- The Bather
- The Cup of Immortality
- A Chorister (bronze)
- A Chorister (plaster)
- Metal Pouring
- A Vision
- Fate Led
- The Cherry Girl
- Feeding the Hungry, Maternity, and Clothing the Naked ("Part of a Memorial to the Late Queen in Nottingham")
- Mother and Child
Other works not illustrated
- Mark Homburg
- The Sere and Yellow Leaf
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Bowman, Robert. Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture. London: The Fine Art Society, 2008.
British Sculpture 1850-1914. A loan exhibition of sculpture and medals sponsored by The Victorian Society. London: Fine Art Society, 1968.
Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.
Spielmann, Marion Harry. British Sculpture and Sculptors of Today. London: Cassell, 1901. Internet Archive. Web. 22 December 2011.
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