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Sir Alfred Gilbert

London based sculptor, he was one of the most important exponents of the New Sculpture style, producing highly individual public monuments, ideal work, portrait busts and memorial tablets.

In 1898, he participated in the competition for the William Gladstone Monument in Glasgow's George Square, 1898, against Sir George Frampton , Onslow Ford and its winner, Goscombe John, and in 1900, executed the bronze, William Graham Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral (1900).

Famous for his Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in London's Piccadilly Circus (1893), Eros, its crowning figure, was exhibited at the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival, after having been restored by a Glasgow firm.

His other major works include the Duke of Clarence Memorial, Windsor Castle, and the Queen Alexandra Memorial, Marlborough Gate, London (1925).

Elected ARA , 1887, and RA , 1892, he was knighted in 1932, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.


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