The Gladiators

Thornton, Leslie

A British sculptor, born in Skipton, Yorkshire, Leslie Thornton first studied at Keighley Art School from 1940-42. In 1943 he was conscripted to work in the coalmines but from 1945-48 he studied at Leeds School of Art and from 1948-51 at the RCA Sculpture School. In 1955 Thornton’s work was included in the New Sculptures Exhibition at the ICA in London and later that year he participated in the Young British Sculptors exhibition organized by the British Council. In 2004 Thornton’s work was included in the exhibition 100 Years of Sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. The Gladiators was bought by the LACF c. 1958.



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