Died 28 June 1863
Active: 1837 - 1863
Country of birth: England
Country of death: Italy
Sculptor, quarry worker
Born in Kerridge, Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire. Gatley was the son of a quarry owner who had two small quarries in the Kerridge Hills. In his youth he was employed in his father’s yard, where he produced works in Kerridge stone. Gatley was a pupil of Edward Hodges Baily from about 1837 and attended the Royal Academy Schools between 1839-c1843. After this Gatley worked for the sculptor Musgrave Lewthaite Watson (1804-47) until the latter's death when he set up an independent practice as a portrait sculptor.
After meeting with limited success in London Gatley travelled to Rome in 1852 where he made a number of ideal works and became friends with John Gibson. Gatley returned to England in 1862 and submitted work to the International Exhibition. His reception was disappointing and so he returned to Rome. He died of dysentry soon afterwards and is buried in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome.
This entry includes information submitted by Nicholas Stanley-Price who drew attention to the record for Gatley's gravestone at http://www.acdan.it/protcem/work/pcEN.html#Stone535
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Address 17 Salisbury Street Lisson Grove London | View on map
1841 (Circa) - 1852 (Circa)
Gatley was living at this address in 1851 in separate accommodation from the stonemason and statuary, Charles Parker
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The International Exhibition, London, 1862
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1841 - 1853
Exhibited 13 times (3 times from 1851), thirty works in all (chiefly busts, but also some reliefs and ideal works).
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
R. E. Graves, ‘Gatley, Alfred (1816–1863)’, rev. Martin Greenwood, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/10451, accessed 10 Feb 2009]
Citing this record
'Alfred Gatley', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib2_1202170167, accessed 28 Aug 2015]