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Herbert Tyson Smith1883-1972
He is claimed to have been the finest British artist/craftsman of his time. His work derives from a close collaboration with architects rather than individualistic concepts. His work may be seen on many Liverpool buildings, in the form of figures, faces and lettering.
Examples of his work include sculpture on the exteriors of The Athenaeum in Church Alley, Spinney House (formerly Littlewoods Stores) in Church Street, the French Prisoners' Plaque in St John's Gardens and the Cenotaph on St George's Plateau, Lime Street (where the architect was Professor Lionel Bailey Budden). Perhaps most striking of all is the superb Post Office War Memorial in the Met Quarter shopping centre in Whitechapel, an abstract seated female figure in Greek costume, representing 'Britain mourning her dead', in echaillon limestone.
Bibliography (suggested by The Friends of Liverpool Monuments):
Buildings of Liverpool – Liverpool Heritage Bureau, 1978
Public Sculpture of Liverpool – Terry Cavanagh, Liverpool University Press, 1997
Well I Never Noticed That! Parts One & Two, Andrew F. Richardson, 1994
A Critical Analysis Of The Works Of Herbert Tyson Smith, Sculptor And Designer, Susan Joy Poole, Ph.D Thesis 1995