Legros' portrait of Stevens

Alfred Stevens, posthumous portrait of by Alphonse Legros in silverpoint (Tate Gallery).

Born at Blandford, Dorset, son of a humble decorator. Sent to Italy in 1883 by Hon. and Rev. Samuel Best and studied mainly in Florence and Rome; developed deep interest in Italian Art. In Rome, 1840-42, assistant to Thorwaldsen. Returned to England, 1842. Taught at New School of Design at Somerset House from 1845. Worked for Cockerell on St. George's Hall, Liverpool, 1849-54. Made designs for Hoole of Sheffield from 1850-57. Returned London 1852, designed lions for British Museum railings. In 1856 began work on Wellington Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral, which at his death was still incomplete. From 1860 worked on decoration of Dorchester House, Park Lane for Sir George Holford. — British Sculpture 1850-1914

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Sculptural Works


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Armstrong, Sir Walter. Alfred Stevens: A Biographical Study. Paris and London: Librairie de L'Art, I881.

Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.

Beattie, Susan. Alfred Stevens. Ex. Cat. London: Victorian and Albert Museum, 2002.

British Sculpture 1850-1914. A loan exhibition of sculpture and medals sponsored by The Victorian Society. London: Fine Art Society, 1968.

Channel Packet: Paris-London, 1880 - I920. Exhibition catalogue, The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street London Wl. March 24th - 2 5 th April 1969.

Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.

Stannus, Hugh. Alfred Stevens and His Work. London, 1891.

Stannus, Hugh. The Drawings of Alfred Stevens. London and New York, 1908.

Towndrow, Kenneth Romney. Alfred Stevens: Architectural Sculptor, Painter and Designer. London: Constable, 1959.

Towndrow, Kenneth Romney. Alfred Stevens. Liverpool: Walker Art Gallery/University of Liverpool, 1951.

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