Lawrie, Lee(lō`rē), 1877–1963, American sculptor, b. Germany. Brought to America as an infant, he studied with Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Philip Martiny. Lawrie specialized in architectural sculpture. Among his works are decorations for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the state capitol at Lincoln, Nebr., and the Harkness Memorial Tower at Yale; the Atlas at Rockefeller Center, New York; and sculptures in the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Thomas Church, and the Chapel of the Intercession, New York City.
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Lawrie, Lee (O.)(1877–1963) sculptor; born in Rixdorf, Germany. When very young he and his family emigrated to Chicago. He became an assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1894) and attended Yale (B.F.A. 1910), where he later taught (1908–18). Based in Easton, Md., he is known for his numerous architectural sculptures, such as his bronze Atlas at the International Building, Radio City, N.Y. (c. 1939).
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