Simon Verity

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Simon Verity (born 1945) is a British sculptor and master stonecarver. Much of his work has been garden sculpture.[1] He has works in the private collections of the Prince of Wales, Sir Elton John, and Lord Rothschild.[2]


Verity received his training through an informal apprenticeship to Oliver Hill[3] and through Robert Baker's teaching at Wells Cathedral.[1]

A 1988 memorial by Verity for the writer Sophie Behrens was the catalyst for the creation of Memorials by Artists - an organization dedicated to the creation of unique memorials.[4]

From 1988 until 1997 Verity worked as Director on the carving of the West Portal of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York also known as the Portal of Paradise. At the start, Verity was assisted by six apprentices. In 1993, Jean-Claude Marchionni, a master stonecarver from France, joined Verity in the project.[5] A procession of 32 matriarchs and patriarchs from the Old and New Testaments were carved from blocks of limestone already in place.[6]

In 2004 Verity was commissioned to design and build a hand-carved map of the United Kingdom to form the paving for the British Memorial Garden in New York's Hanover Square. The Garden commemorates the 67 British victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. The map features all the counties of Great Britain, as well as the boroughs of London and British Islands and protectorates. The map is carved from grey flagstone from Caithness and sandstone from Moray, Scotland.[2]

In January 2015 Verity visited Duke University for a 10-day residency during which he recreated the Head of a virtue - a 1245 sculpture from Notre-Dame Cathedral that is now in the collection of the Nasher Museum of Art.[7]


Other works include:


  1. ^ a b c d e "Simon Verity". University of Warwick Art. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ross, David (November 8, 2004). "How to pave from Caithness to New York City". The Herald. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  3. ^ 'A young craftsman at Daneway House', Matrix, no. 35, Summer 2018, 1-8
  4. ^ "Memorials by Artists, Suffolk, UK" (PDF). Dan Bellan. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Portal Project Introduction". Photo Arts. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Portal of Paradise". Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York. Archived from the original on June 20, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  7. ^ "Simon Verity returning to Duke". Wired! Lab. Duke University. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  8. ^ "CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SS PETER AND PAUL, City of Bristol - 1271209 | Historic England". Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  9. ^ "Angel with Lute". Black Dog of Wells. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  10. ^ "Rose Border". Kiftsgate Court. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  11. ^ Gill, Brendan (January 22, 1990). "Stone Carver". The New Yorker. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Woody House - East Hampton, New York". Ryan Gainey. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  13. ^ "Sculpture at the Garden". Chicago Botanic Garden. Archived from the original on July 10, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  14. ^ "Rebuilding the Gardens of the American Academy in Rome". Garden Design. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  15. ^ "The Cathedral Labyrinth at New Harmony, Indiana". Blakley's. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  16. ^ "The Gorgeous Mosaic". New York City. Retrieved July 5, 2010.

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