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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Sydney Birnie Stewart (1914–1976)

Sculptor, teacher and painter in oils and watercolour. Born near Peterhead, he trained at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, winning a gold medal and a travelling scholarship, and at the Royal College of Art, London. He went on to run the sculpture department at Maidstone School of Art in the 1940s, later teaching at St Martin’s School of Art, London, and Edinburgh College of Art. Best known for his carved stone figures, he also produced work in bronze, including Theotokos (1968) in the collection of the City Art Centre, Edinburgh. He was married to the sculptor and medallist Elisabeth Coster, and exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy between 1938 and 1977.

Bibliography: British Art Medal Society: ‘The World’s My Oyster’; W.T. Johnston, Dictionary of Scottish Artists (c.2000), Scottish National Library, ref CD-ROM.585; P.J.M. McEwan, The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, 2004; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 244–45; Mapping Sculpture.

Ray McKenzie 2018