Hew Lorimer


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Scottish sculptor, born in Edinburgh, son of the distinguished architect (and occasional painter) SirRobertLorimer (1864–1929) and nephew of the portrait painter JohnHenryLorimer (1856–1936). Hew Lorimer intended to follow his father into architecture and began studying the subject at Edinburgh College of Art, but he switched to sculpture, and was taught by Alexander Carrick (1882–1966), head of the department there from 1928 to 1942, who encouraged his students to practise direct carving. Between 1933 and 1935 scholarships enabled Lorimer to travel in France and Italy and to spend a period working with Eric Gill, who passed on his belief that the artist is a humble collaborator in God's creative acts. This idea remained central to Lorimer's work throughout the rest of his career, as did his love of stone carving. He carried out numerous religious commissions, but his best-known works are probably the seven allegorical figures of the Liberal Arts (1952–5) on the façade of the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.

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