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Arthur Stanley Young (1876–1968)

Sculptor and medallist born in Chelsea, the son of Henry Young, the bronze founder. Arthur usually styled his name Stanley Young or A. Stanley Young. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools, 1897–1902, in 1899 gaining the Landseer Scholarship. In about this same year, he executed the bronze relief (presumably cast at his father’s foundry) for the headstone of the tomb of his cousin, Horace Lott, in Brompton Cemetery, Kensington. In February 1902, his entry for one of the Royal Academy School’s competitions, a relief entitled Boadicea urging the Britons to avenge her outraged daughters, was illustrated in The Studio. Young’s most important public commissions were for the Norwich Union Life Insurance Society: two figures in niches, Solace and Protection (1906), for the main hall of the Norwich office, and an allegorical group, Prudence, Justice and Liberality (1913), for the exterior of the Fleet Street branch, London. For the architects Hart and Waterhouse, he modelled a figure of Mercury (1910), for the roof of Willing House, Grays Inn Road. He exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions, 1898–1912. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1923, resigning in 1927 and rejoining as a Fellow in 1952. Young lived at 30 Trafalgar Square (now Chelsea Square), Chelsea, from c.1891 to c.1912.

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 118–19; R. Cocke, Public Sculpture of Norfolk and Suffolk, Liverpool, 2013, p. 60; Mapping Sculpture; P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of the City of London, Liverpool, 2003, pp. 135–36.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022