24th October 1800 - Birth of Richard Cockle Lucas

Richard Cockle Lucase

‘Salisbury’s eccentric sculptor’ Richard Cockle Lucas was born in Salisbury on 24th October 1800.

He began his career working for a relative who ran a cutlery business in Winchester, and showed a particular talent for carving the handles of knives. He moved into more artistic sculpture in

Lucas is possibly best known for a bust of ‘Flora’ which was exhibited as a work by Leonardo da Vinci in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin. Lucas’ son claimed that the work was actually created by his father.

Richard Lucas son was named ‘Albert Durer Lucas’ - presumably in reference to the German artist Albrecht Durer.

Picture: By Richard Cockle Lucas (self-portrait) - http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw78163/Richard-Cockle-Lucas?search=sp&sText=Richard+Cockle+Lucas&page=1&rNo=11, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12347615

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