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José Simões de Almeida (1880–1950)

Portuguese sculptor whose suffix ‘Sobrinho’ (i.e. ‘nephew’) is applied to distinguish him from his namesake uncle (1844–1926), also a sculptor. Simões de Almeida attended the Lisbon School of Fine Arts from 1893 on the general design course and then, from 1897, the statuary sculpture course, where he was taught by his uncle. In 1904, he was awarded a scholarship to study in Paris for three years; here, he studied with Raoul Verlét and Jean-Paul Laurens. In 1915, he was appointed professor of sculptor at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts in succession to his uncle. One of his earliest commissions was the statue of Bento de Góis, for the island of São Miguel (inaugurated 1906; removed 1963). Important works include the Bust of the Republic (marble, 1908), Museu da Presidência da República, Lisbon; the pedimental relief for the São Bento Palace, Lisbon; and the memorial to the dead of the Great War, 1924, Cascais. A bronze statue of Prince Henry the Navigator by Simões de Almeida was unveiled in 2002 in Belgrave Square, London.

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 268–69; ‘Biografia de José Simões de Almeida (Sobrinho)’, Museo Centro Arts; José Simões de Almeida (Sobrinho); Wikipedia.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022

Simões de Almeida, José

José Simões de Almeida (sobrinho) (photo: Biblioteca Municipal de Figueiró dos Vinhos from Portugal, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)