William Grant Stevenson

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William Grant Stevenson
William Wallace Statue , Aberdeen2.jpg
Statue of Sir William Wallace in Aberdeen with the dome of St Mark's behind
Born 1849
Ratho, Scotland
Died 1919
Nationality Scottish
Known for Sculpture, portrait painting

William Grant Stevenson (1849–1919) was a Scottish sculptor and portrait painter.

Life and work[edit]

Stevenson was born in Ratho, located west of Edinburgh. His elder brother David Watson Stevenson (1842–1904) was also a sculptor and an elected member of the Royal Scottish Academy.

Stevenson is most famous for his colossal bronze figure of Sir William Wallace, which stands on a high plinth of roughly hewn pink granite overlooking Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen. His bronze Robert Burns exists in at least two casts: the original is in Kilmarnock in Scotland as the centrepiece of the Burns Monument, Kilmarnock, and a copy is located on the east side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1]

He published the book Wee Johnnie Paterson in 1915. He is buried with his brother David Watson Stevenson, also a sculptor, in the Grange Cemetery in Edinburgh. The stone carries a bronze portrait of William by Henry Snell Gamley.

A painting of William Grant Stevenson by Charles Martin Hardie is held in the National Gallery of Scotland.


  1. ^ "Robert Burns, (sculpture)". Art Inventories Catalog-SIRIS. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 

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