Thomas Woolner was one of the founder members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). He was educated in the Royal Academy Schools from 1842. Woolner soon rose to fame following the formation of the PRB in 1848 and creation of his figure sculptors. He had many public commissions including a much admired limestone figure of Francis Bacon.
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