Emily Young

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This article is about the artist. For the film director, see Emily Young (film director). For the novelist, see E. H. Young. For the fictional character from the Twilight novel series, see List of Twilight characters § Emily Young.
Lunar Disc I, at Salisbury Cathedral, England

Emily Young FRBS (born 1951) is a British sculptor. She is considered one of the foremost sculptors working in Britain today[1] and has been called "Britain's greatest living stone sculptor". [2] She was born in London into a family of artists, writers and politicians. Her grandmother, Kathleen Scott, was a colleague of Auguste Rodin, and widow of the polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who subsequently married Emily's paternal grandfather, the politician and writer Edward Hilton Young, 1st Baron Kennet. Her father, Wayland Hilton Young, 2nd Baron Kennet, was also a politician, conservationist and writer.[3] Her mother is the writer and commentator Elizabeth Young. Her uncle was the ornithologist, conservationist and painter, founder of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Sir Peter Scott.


Emily Young received her secondary education at Putney High School, Holland Park School, Friends School Saffron Walden, and the King Alfred School, London. First interested in painting, she spent her youth in London, Wiltshire and Italy before she attended the Chelsea School of Art for one term in 1968 and also studied at Saint Martin's School of Art. In the late 1960s and '70s, she travelled widely, visiting Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, France and Italy, Africa and the Middle East and lived in the United States, where she studied with the sculptor Robert White.

While at Holland Park School in 1966, she became a regular at the nearby London Free School night sessions around the Notting Hill area, which brought her into contact with many in the UK Underground.[4] She may have been the inspiration for the song "See Emily Play", written by Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett.[5][6]

During the 1970s and '80s, she lived and worked with Simon Jeffes, proprietor of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and had one son, Arthur, born in 1978. She produced the artwork for various album covers for the PCO, including Music from the Penguin Cafe.


Young's work is held in many public as well as private collections. Some of her permanent installations can be seen in St. Paul's Churchyard and Salisbury Cathedral.[7]


  1. ^ artnet. "Emily Young .". Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  2. ^ Wullschlager, Jackie (2013-09-01). "Emily Young, We Are Stone’s Children, Fine Art Society, London – review". Financial Times. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  3. ^ Chapman, Rob (2010). "Flicker Flicker Blam Blam Pow". Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (Paperback ed.). London: Faber. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-571-23855-2. 
  4. ^ Barry Miles (2010), London Calling: A Countercultural History of London since 1945, p. 188.
  5. ^ Chapman, Rob (2010). "Flicker Flicker Blam Blam Pow". Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (Paperback ed.). London: Faber. pp. 93–94. 
  6. ^ Chapman, Rob (2010). "Distorted View – See Through Baby Blue". Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (Paperback ed.). London: Faber. p. 161. 
  7. ^ "Emily Young - Sculptor", BBC Woman's Hour Arts Archive, 25 May 2007.

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