toddy hoare

Toddy Hoare is an alumnus of Wycliffe Hall, 1977-80, but initially trained as a sculptor City & Guilds of London School of Art and as studio assistant to John Mills and Cecil Thomas. His second string is letter cutting. He was freelance until the mid 70s recession so served in the army in Northern Ireland with the 15/19th Hussars to pay off his overdraft. After training and a short curacy in Guisborough he was curate-in-charge of 12 villages with 8 churches, the Hillside Parishes, in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Moors for 25 years. When his wife, Liz, came to Wycliffe to teach spiritual formation he took early retirement to return to sculpture as it had always formed part of his ministry and scriptural exegesis. His work consists of  studies & sketches, drawings & water colours done on the spot, but mainly portraits, figurative and  relief sculptures. His 2 major projects with Arts Council grants can be viewed at Burton Agnes Hall, East Riding of Yorkshire, consisting of 2 sets of 8 door sized panels of the Call of the Disciples and The Stations of the Cross. His one claim to fame is sharing a model with Rodin: Eve Fairfax was 30 in 1903 when  Rodin did the first of a series of heads (V&A has a bronze) and 101 when she sat for Toddy 70 years later, dying at 107. Pope Benedict XVI has a relief of Cardinal Newman that Toddy did in 2010 with variations at Oriel College  and The University Church.