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By Gary Nisbet
Hew Martin Lorimer
(1907-93)
Born in Edinburgh, the son of architect Sir Robert Lorimer, he initially trained as an architect before becoming a sculptor after attending sculpture classes at ECA under Alexander Carrick, from 1929.

He later worked with Eric Gill in England, then became principally an architectural sculptor and modeller in Edinburgh. He executed many prestigious commissions in and around the capital, including the figures on the National Library of Scotland (1950-5).

His work in Glasgow is rare, the modelling of the heraldic Lions on the garden gateposts at Pollok House being his most important commission for the city. The lions were carved by John Marshall (c. 1940).

A superb photograph of Marshall carving one of the lions in his workshop is included in Robert Ferguson's Pollok House (2001).

Lorimer also produced ecclesiastical work and sculpture on religious themes, such as the colossal, freestanding Our Lady of the Isles, South Uist.

He was elected an ARSA in 1946, and RSA , in 1957.

Sources:

  • McEwan ;
  • Elizabeth M Johnstone, Carved With Pride, Scots Magazine, August 2005 (ills);
  • Robert Ferguson (2001), Pollok House, NTS Guidebook (ills);

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