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Edward Bowring Stephens A.R.A. - Biography


1815-1882. Born in Exeter, he trained as a sculptor under E.H. Baily in London. In 1836 he won a Silver Medal from the Society of Arts for a model of a figure. In the same year, he joined the RA Schools and in the following year won the RA Silver Medal for his model, Ajax Defying the Gods. In 1838, he won his first commission, a Bust of Miss Blanche Sheffield. From 1839 to 1841 he was living and working in Italy. He returned to the RA Schools in 1842 and won the Gold Medal for his relief, The Battle of the Centaurs and Lapithae. In 1845 he executed two reliefs for the Summer Pavilion at Buckingham Palace and in the following year carved a marble fireplace for the same building. He executed statues of Dr Priestly for the University Museum, Oxford (1860) and Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Wren, and Sir Joshua Reynolds for the fa├žade of Burlington House, London (1873). He exhibited at the RA, 1838--83, and at the British Institution, 1838--53. He was elected ARA in 1864. (source: Gunnis, 1951). [L 1997]


The works of Edward Bowring Stephens A.R.A.:


Statue of Sir John Cordy Burrows, Brighton

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