According to the Mapping Sculpture site, Stephens, who was born in Devon “executed a number of important commissions” there, studied with a painter and then with Edward Hodges Baily before entering the Royal Academy schools in 1837, the year of Victoria's accession to the throne. “Between 1839-42 he worked in Rome afterwards returning to London to continue his studies at the Royal Academy Schools.”
“Edward Bowring Stephens ARA .” Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011. Web. 2 December 2011.
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