Thomas Stirling Lee
|Thomas Stirling Lee|
16 March 1857|
Lambeth, London, England
|Died||29 June 1916
St George's Hospital, Knightsbridge, London, England
Lee was born in Lambeth, London on 16 March 1857, the son of John Swanwick Lee, a surveyor. He was educated at Westminster School and then served as an apprentice in the studio of John Birnie Philip.
Lee studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1876–80, where he won both a Gold Medal and a Travelling Scholarship. In 1880–1881 he studied under Pierre-Jules Cavelier at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and then studied in Rome until 1883.
Lee's commission for 28 panels for the exterior of St George's Hall, Liverpool, resulting from an open competition held by Liverpool City Council in 1882, is regarded as his most important, but it was the subject of controversy, when the first two featured naked girls, depicting "the child Justice" and "the girl Justice". Lee only completed six of the 28 panels, but was subsequently commissioned to make two, and oversee all, of a further set of six on the theme of 'National Prosperity'.
Lee's work includes:
- Bas-reliefs for Leeds Town Hall
- Carvings for Westminster Cathedral
- Bronze statue of Charles Gore, First Bishop of Birmingham, outside Birmingham Cathedral (1914) -
- The Progress of Justice series of bas reliefs, left of the central portico on Saint George's Hall, Liverpool, 1885-1894
- The National Progress series, right of the portico on Saint George's Hall, 1898-1901
- Doors with scenes of male friendship, Adelphi Bank, Liverpool
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