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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Simon Smith

Sculptor and stone carver based in London. His work includes both the restoration of existing works and the design of original sculptures; his range includes statues, architectural decoration and memorial headstones. After serving an apprenticeship as a stonemason at Woburn Abbey, he went on to study stone carving and sculpture at the City & Guilds of London Art School. In 2006, he was elected a member of both the Royal Society of Sculptors and the Master Carvers Association. His public sculptures include Portland stone replicas of Michael Rysbrack’s marble statue of Hans Sloane, in Duke of York Square, King’s Road, Chelsea (2007; commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea), and Chelsea Physic Garden (2014; commissioned by Lord Cadogan); stone gargoyles and decorative foliage for Westminster Abbey’s chapter house (2010; commissioned by Nimbus Conservation Ltd); a statue of Kitty Wilkinson for St George’s Hall, Liverpool (Carrara marble, 2012; commissioned by Liverpool City Council – the first statue of a woman to be placed in one of the niches of the great hall); a war memorial, A Promise Honoured, Castle Yard, Winchester (Portland stone, 2014; commissioned by the ‘To Honour a Promise Project Group’ in remembrance of the American soldiers billeted around Winchester during the First World War – shortlisted for the PMSA Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture); and Bacchante, Sissinghurst Castle Garden (Carrara marble, 2016; commissioned by the National Trust).

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 51–53; ‘Kitty Wilkinson Statue Unveiled’, 19 September 2012, Liverpool Express; Simon Smith website.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022