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By Gary Nisbet
Eric Henri Kennington
(1888-1960)
Born in Chelsea, London, he was the son of painter T.B. Kennington.

He studied at Lambeth School of Art and at the City and Guilds School, becoming a painter and sculptor of portraits and ideal work.

He served in World War I, 1914-15, and became an Official War Artist, 1916-19, and again in 1940-43.

A friend and travelling companion of T.E. Lawrence, he executed his effigy at Wareham Church, Hants, and exhibited a bust of Lawrence at the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, 1938 (no. 224a).

He also executed sculpture at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon (1928) and the Thomas Hardy statue at Dorchester, Dorset (1931).

His sole architectural work in Glasgow is the colossal Portland Stone relief, The Progress of Science, on the James Watt Engineering Building, Glasgow University (1957-9), which was completed after his death by his assistants Eric Stanford and Archibald Robertson.

Kennington exhibited at the RA from 1908, and RSA from 1948, and was elected ARA , 1951, and RA , 1959.

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Works in our Database:
1: University of Glasgow (Gilmorehill),
On the south elevation of the James Watt Building (South)
The Progress of Science (1957-8)
Sculptors: EH Kennington, assisted by E Stanford and A Robertson;
Architects: John Keppie & Henderson & JL Gleave
 
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