SILLMAN, Norman Henry

1921 - 2013

Norman Sillman

Born at Holborn, London on 4 May 1921, son of Henry Percival John Sillman (27 December 1893-1960) and his wife Elizabeth Louise née Cooper (13 March 1884-1967), who married at Shoreditch in 1913. On 11 September 1924, the family sailed on the 'Demosthenes' for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and they lived at Pyramid Hill, Victoria, where his father was a farmer, but due to severe droughts they returned to England in 1934 and in 1939 Henry, now an insurance agent, was living at 16 Bamford Road, Lewisham, London with his family. Educated at Pyramid Hill, Australia and studied at Blackheath School of Art 1935-1940, under James Woodford (1893-1976) and began further studies at the Royal College of Art in 1941 being curtailed by army service in the Royal Artillery but in 1946 studied at the Accademia in Florence before completing his studies at the Royal College 1946-1949 under Frank Dobson (1866-1963) and John Skeaping (1901-1980). Teaching part-time at Nottingham College of Art 1956-1984, during which time he was also completing freelance work. A fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, a member of the Midland Group and joined Federation Internationale de lat Medaille. A sculptor, designer of coins and medals, he has exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Society for Education in Art and London Group. He designed an extensive range of coins, mainly for foreign governments from 1959 and designed the 2 coin for Britain's Commonwealth Games in 1986. He married at Lewisham in 1945, Gillian Margaret Drake (19212007) and they lived at 33 Church Street, Eye, Suffolk. He died on 18 July 2013 leaving a daughter, Caroline, who was born 15 September 1947.




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