Glasgow - City of Sculpture
By Gary Nisbet
Harry Bates
(1850-99)
Lord Roberts Memorial, Glasgow
Born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, he worked as an architect's clerk before becoming an apprentice carver in London with Farmer & Brindley , and studied at the RA Schools, 1883, winning a Gold Medal and a Travelling Scholarship.

After completing his studies in Paris with Jules Dalou and Auguste Rodin , 1883-85, he returned to England to become an important figure in the New Sculpture Movement .

As an architectural sculptor he worked on John Belcher 's Institute of Chartered Accountants, London (1899).

His public commissions include the statue of Queen Victoria in Dundee (1890) and the Lord Roberts Memorial, Calcutta (1894-8), which left him almost destitute, and which was reproduced after his death by Henry Poole , his former assistant, as Glasgow's memorial to Lord Roberts (1916) and at Horse Guards, London, although with a simpler pedestal (1924).

Elected ARA , 1891, his work is represented in GMAG by the Aeneid triptych (1886).

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Works in our Database:
#203 1: Kelvingrove Park (West End),
Kelvingrove Park
Monument to Field Marshal Earl Roberts (1915-16)
Sculptors: H Bates (modeller); prepared for casting by EA Rickards assisted by H Poole;
Foundry: JW Singer & Sons
 
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