James Butler (artist)

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Girl skipping rope, Bronze sculpture (1987) at Monte Palace Gardens, Funchal, Madeira
The Leicester Seamstress by James Walter Butler (1990)
Leicester, Hotel Street
The Burton Cooper (1977), Cooper's Square Shopping Centre, Burton on Trent. The bronze sculpture was commissioned in 1977 and depicts a local craftsman. It originally stood opposite the market and was moved to its present location in 1994.

James Walter Butler MBE RA (born 25 July 1931 in London) is a British sculptor.

Statue of James Henry Greathead, railway engineer at grid reference TQ327811 in Cornhill, London, EC3. Unveiled on 17 January 1994.

Butler was educated at Maidstone Grammar School and studied art at Saint Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art. For 10 years he was a professional stone carver. He taught sculpture and drawing at the City and Guilds of London Art School and was visiting professor to the Royal Academy School. He was first elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1964 and is a member of the Royal West of England Academy and fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

He has works in private collections throughout the world and has undertaken numerous public commissions. He designed the current version of the British Great Seal.[1] Butler was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[2]

He was asked to commission a memorial in dedication to the 167th Infantry Regiment of the World War I Rainbow Division in New Croix Rouge Farm, France.[3]


  1. ^ "Seal of the Realm". Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2006.
  2. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 14.
  3. ^ "The 42nd Rainbow Division Memorial". Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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