Warner Bentley, Director of Hopkins Center (1960-1969), Director of Dartmouth Players (1928-1960)
Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College; S.969.91
An artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College in 1963 and 1968, Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones created distinctive sculptures in wood, stone, ivory, and bronze that varied in scale from a few inches high to life-sized. The artist studied under Robert Jackson Emerson at the Wolverhampton School of Art between 1924 and 1929. Upon graduation, he received a Borough Scholarship to complete his graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1934, Huxley-Jones received a prestigious Prix de Rome Scholarship, but he was unable to take it up due to financial constraints. He spent the rest of his career teaching sculpture at the Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland, and working on public commissions in Great Britain and the United States.
The bust of Warner Bentley, located in the Hopkins Center, has been a cornerstone of the Dartmouth experience for decades. Generations of students have rubbed his nose for good luck, removing the brown patina (the finished surface treatment) to reveal the original color of the metal beneath.
Last Updated: 10/23/13