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was how he was known to his colleagues in Art and Architecture. His sculpture graces buildings cities and states nationwide--and beyond.   His tutors were Henry Park, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, A. Phimeas Proctor, and more.

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was how he was known to his colleagues in Art and Architecture. His sculpture graces buildings cities and states nationwide--and beyond.   His tutors were Henry Park, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, A. Phimeas Proctor, and more.

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THE NEBRASKA STATE CAPITOL,

His Largest Commission, 1921-1934

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GOODHUE-LAWRIE-ALEXANDER

The Los Angeles Public Library

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LAWRIE’S SCULPTURE OFTEN GETS DESTROYED

Preserving Lawrie’s Legacy

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Random Examples

Here are some examples of Lawrie’s work around the globe

Where Lawrie’s Education  Began

Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

A Prolific Creator of Art Deco Sculpture

Images of historical figures from the Forum Building in Harrisburg, PA.

A PRIME PRACTITIONER OF ART DECO

Paert of a lost frieze at the Wichita Institute of Art, since destroyed.  Lawrie's Statue of George Washington, National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.Portrait of Los Angeles Public Librarian Everett M. Perry.  Perry collaborated with Lawrie and Alexander on much of the building. The Seiners, by Lee Lawrie, from the original Bank of Hawaii in Honlolulu, built by Bertram Goodhue.  The orignal work was recently restored. Union Army General Meade. 1909 Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Battlefield.Lawrie's Atlas at Rockefeller Center, c. 1936.

Lawrie began his apprenticeship as a sculptor at the 1983 Chicago Columbian Exposition. There he studied under A. Phimister Proctor, who created the Equestrian Sculpture for the Transportation Building. In the picture are a Cowboy and and Indian Brave each on horseback. Lawrie probably worked on enlarging these works for Proctor.

This illustrates Lawrie’s vivid imagination. This is one of many bronze door grilles at the Pennsylvania State Library an Archives, formerly the Education Building. Here we see figures from Greek,Roman and Central American Mythology.

LeeLawrie.com is a compendium created to identify, catalog and recognize the significant contribution to American Art in the 20th Century, that has either been missed or ignored by the traditional academic, historic and artistic communities.

Lee Oskar Lawrie was a tremendously prolific American architectural sculptor who collaborated with Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue from 1895 until Goodhue's death in April, 1924. He also worked with notable architects James Gamble Rogers, Raymond Hood, and Paul Cret and others, after Goodhue's demise.

He has sculpture at more than a hundred churches, libraries and civic buildings across the nation and beyond, although the majority of his work went unsigned--and unrecognized--due to his acutely shy personality, unusual sense of artistic modesty, and absolute humility.

Chances are, you have never seen much, most or perhaps nearly all of the content on these pages.  And other images you see, will be familiar with, and can now take pride in knowing that Lee Lawrie created those pieces.


LAWRIE’S WORK AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER

Wisdom Creating the Universe.

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The image that got me hooked on Lawrie.  Such incredible power is manifest in this work.  Patterned after a painting by William Blake.

Rockefeller Center   

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