Harry Willis Fleming
R. C. Lucas, 'The entrance to my Labyrinth'
Harry Willis Fleming portrait
R. C. Lucas, self-portrait bust (n.d.), bronze, private collection
R. C. Lucas dressed as Hamlet, with death mask of Antonio Canova
Display at the Henry Moore Institute Library, 2017. Photo by David Cotton / HMI
Community exhibition on Lucas at Chilworth church as part of the Romsey Festival of the Arts 2014
Top banner image: R. C. Lucas, Some of my studies in nature-printing, drawings, and photography (1871). Photo by David Cotton / Henry Moore Institute

Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-1883)
Harry's work on Lucas was awarded a Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowship in 2012, and was the subject of an archival display at the HMI Library in 2017-18. In 2017, Harry completed his doctoral thesis on Lucas, for which he had received a funded PhD Research Studentship at Middlesex University. The project has also established an important original archive of the artist. Harry is currently developing his research as a book.
Lucas is an intriguing creative figure who fell into obscurity despite his own extraordinary efforts to build a place in the historical memory. As well as producing skilled sculptural works in wax, ivory, and stone, Lucas's multi-disciplinary approach combined print-making, stained glass, photography, performance, building, archaeology, collecting, and writing.
Lucas has frequently been described as a 'forger' because of the art-world controversy in which his name, posthumously, was linked to the wax bust of Flora acquired as a work of Leonardo da Vinci for the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, Berlin in 1909.

Further information:


Harry Willis Fleming, Artist, tower, books: the memory theatre of Richard Cockle Lucas (2016). PhD thesis, Middlesex University.. (Please note that because Harry is currently working on a book about Lucas, the thesis is embargoed for a period.)

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