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|Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:01 pm Post subject: H.S. Gamley
|Henry Snell Gamley 1865 - 1928
Gamley was one of the older generation of sculptors at the end of the Great War and as commissions began to come for war memorials. These commissions often favoured the youger leading artists of the day and those who had served in the war. However Gamley was responsible for at least four memorials at Montrose, Cupar, St. Giles and Heart of Midlothian Memorial, Haymarket Edinburgh.
1865 Born Logie-Pert, Craigo, near Montrose.
Educated at James Gillespie's School, Edinburgh.
Then trained at the Royal Institute, Edinburgh under Charles P. Hodder.
Travelled to London to study under Professor Edouard Lanteri at the South Kensington College.
1898 Married Margaret Hogg from Carnoustie
1899 - 1902 continued to study under W.G. Stevenson R.S.A.
1908 Elected A.R.S.A. and had established his own studio at 7 Hope Street Lane, Edinburgh.
Gamley was responsible for the bronze statue of King Edward VII in the grounds of Holyrood Palace. Gamley was, like the King, a big man and it was said by a visitor to his studio that when he was asked how he would model the hands for the statue Gamley simply slapped his hands into some plaster and made a cast. This may not be true but if it is then it sound more like body casting than sculpture.
He was noted for his ideal works such as 'The Whisper', 'A Message to the Sea', and also for architectural sculptures such as 'Inspiration' and 'Achievement' for the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. He also was noted for his medallions and reliefs and his bust of the Reverend T. Ratcliffe Barnett was regarded as a particularly sensitive portrait.
1919 Exhibited 'Sir David Stewart of Garth at R.S.A. Exhibition.
David Stewart of Garth
1920 Elected R.S.A. at the age of 55.
1922 Designed the Heart of Midlothian Football Club war memorial which stands in Edinburgh's Haymarket. Unveiled 9th April 1922.
Cupar War Memorial
Montrose & Cupar - Gamley was responsible for the bronze sculptures of 'Victory' on the war memorials at Montrose in Angus, and Cupar in Fife (dates unknown).
Montrose War Memorial
One review on the Montrose war memorial stated:
'When entrusted with the Montrose War Memorial he took up the commission with special ardour and interest, and the result was a particularly distinguished and expressive piece of sculpture. The female figure; which is the feature of the memorial, is not an impersonal symbol, but something which suggests in the features and expression an experience of sorrow, and at the same time imagination and aspiration to rise above it - this suggestion of "character tried in the fire" linking the figure specially with the great fact which it was meant to commemorate.'
1925 David Stewart of Garth unveiled, executed in Creetown Granite
David Stewart of Garth
1927 Bronze bust 'Emer'
1928 In 1928 Gamley won a commission to model a sculpture of Robert Burns for Wyoming. He took Rodin's Studio in Paris to carry out the work and in order to reduce export duty. Unfortunately just before leaving for Paris he tripped and fell in his own studio, striking his head in the process. Once in Paris he attended a social evening and the next day visited a firends country estate were he helped with the felling of a tree 'for amusement'. As he returned to the house he collapsed and died. He was aged 63.