Eminent British Sculptor James Butler RA was specially commissioned to create a statue of HM The Queen that was unveiled on 14 June 2015 at Runnymede to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The 4m bronze sculpture at Runnymede shows the Queen in full Garter Robes inspired by the 1954 and 1969 portraits by Pietro Annigoni.
James Butler RA (b.1931) was educated at the Maidstone School of Art, St. Martin’s School of Art, and at the Royal College of Art in London.
Butler spent some ten years working as a professional stone carver with the Master Mason Gerald Giudici, and is responsible for many carvings that can be seen on buildings throughout London today, including the Queen Beasts in Kew Gardens. He taught sculpture and drawing at the City and Guilds of London Art School and was a visiting tutor to the Royal Academy Schools.
His first major commission was in 1969 to make a twice life size portrait statue of President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya which was set up in Nairobi on Kenya’s 10 year anniversary of Independence.
His many monuments and memorials stand in London and other UK cities and also abroad in Kenya, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, France, Singapore, Madeira and in the USA. His small and medium-size bronzes are in many private collections.
He is also renowned for designing for the Royal Mint, the Royal Seal of the Realm, the Jubilee coin and the 50 pence piece, commemorating Roger Bannister’s 4-minute mile.
Butler is one of today’s foremost figurative sculptors. He has been a member of the Royal Academy since 1964; he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and a Member of the Royal West of England Academy. In 2009, Butler was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Galerie Belvedere represents James Butler RA.
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