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ID number:  BIRRC-A0009
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Thorneycroft, Hamo
Title / Object name:  Portrait bust of Sir James Timmins Chance
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Europe: United Kingdom, West Midlands, Birmingham
Culture:  British School
Date made:  1894
Materials:  Marble on engraved oak plinth
Measurements:  53.34 cm; Base: 76.2 x 58.42 cm
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Head and shoulders of a man in a white marble bust sculpture on an oak engraved bottom.

Head and shoulders bust of Sir James Timmins Chance, son of William Chance, a renowned local glassmaker.

Inscriptions / Translations:  SIR JAMES TIMMINS CHANCE
BARONET
FOUNDED THE CHANCE CHAIR OF ENGINEERING
A.D. 1900
PRESENTED BY HIS SON GEORGE FERGUSON CHANCE
1922

Notes:  Born in 1814, Chance graduated first from Trinity College Cambridge and then completed an MA at Oxford, focusing his studies on Mathematics. Circumstances unknown however meant that he had to interrupt his studies and return to his familys workshop in 1836. His family later developed their business into an outfit for manufacturing lighthouse lenses, a process in which Chance's education and innovation were integral. As well as being involved in his family's business, he was also a key public figure in the local community, holding the offices of high Sherriff of Staffordshire (1868) and Justice of the Peace for both Worcestershire and Staffordshire. He was integral to the establishment of the Chance School of Engineering at Birmingham University and was created 1st baronet Chance in June 1900. Hamo Thorneycroft was born to a family of sculptors in London in 1850. He was a member of the Royal Academy from 1882 and spent a large period of his working life recreating sculptural images in the idealised classical style.

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