Art@Site Albert Stewart The Foundations of Law

Albert Stewart


The Foundations of Law

210 W Temple Street
Albert Stewart, 1956. Los Angeles County Courthouse, Civic Center.
The work represents Mosaic Law (left, Moses standing on a calf), the Magna Carta (center, King John standing above a castle), and the Declaration of Independence (right, Thomas Jefferson standing over a ship). Gold colored copies of Mosaic Law and Declaration of Independence also flank the southern entrance to the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Aministration.
Albert Stewart (April 9, 1900 – September 23, 1965) was an American sculptor.
He was born in Kensington, England. He arrived in America in 1908 and was orphaned shortly thereafter. Through the intervention of a wealthy benefactor, Edwin T. Bechtel, Stewart was allowed to pursue his art studies at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design and the Art Students League of New York, staples for young and impoverished sculptors of the day. Upon completing his studies, Bechtel helped him obtain some needed commissions.
During the 1930s he worked as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist. Throughout his career Stewart frequently was employed to create architectural sculptures. In 1939, he was appointed head of the sculpture program at Scripps College in Claremont, California at the invitation of Millard Sheets. He moved to California and stayed there the rest of his life.
Albert Stewart (1900 - 1965), born in London, England, immigrated to the United States at age eight with his family. He studied at the Beaux Art Institute of Design and the Art Students League in New York City before serving as an assistant to Frederick MacMonnies and Paul Manship.
Animals were a recurring subject throughout Stewart's career. Among his many works of this type are the hawk on the Ft. Moore pylon, and "Swaps," portrayed in full gallop at Hollywood Park.
Stewart's architectural sculpture, which he began in the 1930's, includes the Baptistry Doors at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City and the pediment at the Department of Labor Building in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the figures on the County Courthouse, his most visible works in Los Angeles are the heroic figures at the Scottish Rites Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, statues at branches of Home Savings, and the embellishment on the exterior of the Life-Science Building at UCLA. Steward also taught sculpture at Scripps College in Claremont for twenty-five years.