Erica Lee, Two Youths Playing on a Beach

Erica Lee FRBS (1888-1981)

Erica Lee (1888-1981) became an Associate member of the Royal Society of Sculptors in 1938 and was elected a Fellow in 1948. She studied under E. Whitney Smith and Sir William Reid Dick, working in clay, terracotta and bronze. She exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibition over thirty times between 1920 and 1960, as well as at the Royal Scottish Academy exhibition and the Society of Women Artists. Her works include the gravestone of Sydney Lee RA (1866-1949) and his wife Edith Mary. Sydney Lee was Lee’s father Walter’s cousin.

Erica Lee’s membership file in the Society’s archive reveals how Lee networked with some of the other early female sculptor members. For instance, she knew Joyce Bidder FRBS (1906-1999) and mentioned Rosamund Mary Beatrice Fletcher FRBS (1914-1993) in her will.

Erica Lee FRBS