Mary Grant (sculptor)

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Mary Grant (1831 – 20 February 1908) was one of the most eminent female sculptors of 19th century Britain, with numerous commissions from the rich and famous.


Reredos in St Marys Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

She was born in Kilgraston House in Perthshire, into a very well-connected family. Her grandfather was Lord Elgin of Elgin Marbles fame. Her aunt and uncle were Mary Anne Grant and Sir Francis Grant, both artists, the latter being President of the Royal Academy. Another uncle was General James Hope Grant, a British military hero. These artistic and aristocratic connections would serve her well in the otherwise notoriously male preserve of figurative sculpture.

She took up sculpting in her twenties, and went to Florence to study under Odoardo Fantachiotti and then went to Rome to study under John Gibson, both highly skilled figurative sculptors. After a period in Paris studying with Michel Mercier she then set up studio in London, working under the guidance of John Henry Foley.

From 1864 to 1877 she returned to Kilgraston House, and worked from there.[1]

In 1877 she moved to Ebenezer House on Albany Street, London and in 1889 to 29 Tite Street, London, then becoming the immediate neighbour of John Singer Sargent and Ernest Ibbetson.

She worked much in cast plaster, using Fernando Meacci to aid in the process.

She never married. She died in Chelsea.

Principal Works[edit]


  1. ^ Miss Mary Grant; Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture
  • British Sculpture and Sculptors of Today, Spielmann (1901)

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