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Stanley Nicholson Babb (1874–1957)

Sculptor born at Plymouth where he studied at the local school of art before going on to the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy (RA) Schools, winning, in 1901, the RA Gold Medal and Travelling Scholarship. He showed at the RA, 1898–1945; the Royal Scottish Academy, 1913, 1917 and 1924; and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, 1906–40. In 1905 he became a member of the Society (later Royal Society) of British Sculptors (RBS). His Jupiter and the Princess of Phoenicia and Garden Fountain are illustrated in RBS Modern British Sculpture (1939, pls. 8, 9). For Aston Webb’s Victoria and Albert Museum façade he carved figures of Thomas Gainsborough and George Romney, 1905. His other public commissions include the South African War Memorial for Grahamstown, South Africa, 1906; a Memorial Tablet to Captain Scott and his companions, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, 1915; and sculpture for First World War memorials at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and Bridlington, Yorkshire, and for Coutts and Co, Holborn, London.

Bibliography: D. Buckman, Artists in Britain since 1945 (2 vols: A–L, M–Z), Bristol, 2006; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 168; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of South London, Liverpool, 2007, pp. 24–25, 165; A. Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts: a Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their Works from its Foundation in 1769 to 1904, London, 1905–6 (8 vols); Mapping SculptureVictorian Web.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022

Babb, Stanley Nicholson

Fred Roe, Stanley Nicholson Babb, 1920-29, pencil
(photo: © National Portrait Gallery, London)