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 John Birnie Philip

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John Birnie Philip

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Death 2 Mar 1875 (aged 50)
Burial West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 111000033 View Source
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English sculptor - much of his work was carried out for the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. the son of William and Elizabeth Philip. He studied at the Government School of Design at Somerset House in London under John Rogers Herbert, and then at Herbert's own newly opened school in Maddox Street. He went on to work in Pugin's wood carving workshop at the Palace of Westminster before setting up his own studio. Much of his work was carried out for the Gothic Revival architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. At St Michael, Cornhill, in the City of London, he carved the decorations for the porch built Scott as part of his Gothic embellishment of Wren's church. They included an elaborate tympanum sculpture depicting St Michael disputing with Satan, which was the first work which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1858. In 1863-4 Scott commissioned him, along with Henry Hugh Armstead (1828–1905), to make the podium frieze (known as the Frieze of Parnassus) on the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens. As well as his work on the frieze, he modelled the bronze allegorical statues of Geometry, Philosophy, Geology and Physiology for niches on the western side of the canopy, and the gilt metal angels on the spire. In 1874, the year before his death, he was paid for carving "the Relievos etc." on the entrance porch at the Royal Academy's Burlington House. Often commissioned to make commemorative municipal works, Philip produced a bust of Richard Cobden for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce (1867)[1] a statue of the humanitarian Richard Oastler, now situated in Northgate, Bradford, and one of the Reverend Robert Hall in De Montfort Square, Leicester. His is last work was the statue of Colonel Akroyd, M.P., erected at Halifax.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 22 May 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 111000033
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/111000033/john-birnie-philip : accessed ), memorial page for John Birnie Philip (23 Nov 1824–2 Mar 1875), Find a Grave Memorial ID 111000033, citing Brompton Cemetery, West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .