Thomas Stirling Lee

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Thomas Stirling Lee
Born (1857-03-16)16 March 1857
Lambeth, London, England
Died 29 June 1916(1916-06-29) (aged 59)
St George's Hospital, Knightsbridge, London, England
Nationality English
Education
Known for Sculpture
Elected

Thomas Stirling Lee (London 16 March 1857 – 29 June 1916 London) was an English sculptor, specialising in reliefs and portrait heads.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lee was born in Lambeth, London on 16 March 1857, the son of John Swanwick Lee, a surveyor.[2] He was educated at Westminster School and then served as an apprentice in the studio of John Birnie Philip.[2][3]

Lee studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1876–80, where he won both a Gold Medal and a Travelling Scholarship.[1] In 1880–1881 he studied under Pierre-Jules Cavelier at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and then studied in Rome until 1883.[1]

Career[edit]

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,[2] is regarded as his most important,[2] but it was the subject of controversy,[2] when the first two featured naked girls,[2] depicting "the child Justice" and "the girl Justice".[3] 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'.[2]

He was a member of the National Portrait Society from 1910–1915,[1] a member of the Chelsea Arts Club[2] and a member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.[4]

Lee died at St George's Hospital, Knightsbridge, London[2] on 29 June 1916.[5] His friends subscribed to a fund for a bronze panel on the family vault at New Southgate.[2]

Works[edit]

Statue of Charles Gore

Lee's work includes:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Thomas Stirling Lee". Tate. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Thomas Stirling Lee". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. Glasgow University. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Thomas Stirling Lee". The Victorian Web. 2013-04-12. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. Glasgow University. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Waters, Grant M. (1974). Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950. Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Art. 
  6. ^ Noszlopy, George T. (1998). Public Sculpture of Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield. Public Sculpture of Britain 2. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 0-85323-682-8.