Rudge, Artist, Sculptor and Inventor of Saint Vincent's Studios, Bolingbroke Grove, Wandsworth Common, S.W.

Claridges, Colchester Municipal Buildings, Imperial Institute, London Opera House, Saint Barnabas Clapham Common, Wrexham Parish Church. The Cathedrals of Canterbury, Chester, Salisbury, Trinidad and Winchester. "Art" at 70 71 New Bond Street.

 Thomas Rudge Family Tree

The Work of Thomas Rudge, Sculptor.



"Art" 70-71 New Bond Street, Westminster, London W1S 1, UK



Colchester Municipal Buildings.

Colchester Town Hall, 1 Queen Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 11F

3. The Imperial Institute, as it was first known, was established in 1887 as a result of the Colonial and Indian exhibition of 1886, by the governments of the United Kingdom and several countries of the British Empire to promote research which would benefit the Empire.


Chester Cathedral, Memorial to the men of the Cheshire Regiment who died in the Boer war. Ornate marble tablet. Memorial unveiled 30 Jul 1904 by Field Marshal Sir William R. Robertson, the sculptor was Thomas Rudge. [The Royal British Legion, roll of honour.]

5 London Opera House

The Theatre was enormous and consisted of an entire block on the recently constructed Kingsway, covering an area of over 24,000 square feet with a facade stretching 272 feet along the street and a height of 80 foot. The stage of the Theatre was 44'8" by 78' and it had an auditorium capable of accommodating some 2,660 people. The Theatre cost over £200,000 to build and was designed in the French Renaissance style with a Portland stone frontage. Along the roof of the Theatre were twelve statues by the sculptor Thomas Rudge and at either end were statues representing Melody and Harmony. [, the music hall and theatre Website]

6. Claridges

Richard D'Oyly Carte the theatrical impressario and founder of the rival Savoy Hotel, purchased Claridge's in 1894, as part of The Savoy Group, and shortly afterwards demolished the old buildings and replaced them with the present ones. This was prompted by the need to install modern facilities such as lifts and en suite bathrooms. The new Claridge's, built by George Trollope & Sons, opened in 1898. It is a Grade II listed building. The hotel currently has 203 rooms and suites.

7 Finsbury War Memorial (1921) by Thomas Rudge. Spa Green on Rosebery Avenue.



Magazine article, possibly from May 1919 "The Hippodrome"



Thomas Rudge's final resting place is in the churchyard of St Andrew and St Cuthman in Steyning West Sussex. The inscription reads;
 "In memory of Thomas Rudge, Artist and Sculptor, 
Born at Cheltenham 5th June 1868, Died 24th December 1942."
"Abide with me"

Thomas Rudge's Will 

Will of Thomas's Father Edmund Rudge Jnr (1832-68)

Will of Thomas's Grandfather Edmund Rudge Snr (1802-1886)