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.
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.)