Mary Grant (sculptor)
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.
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.
She worked much in cast plaster, using Fernando Meacci to aid in the process.
She never married. She died in Chelsea.
- Queen Victoria for the Rajah of Kapurthala.
- Memorial fountain to Henry Fawcett on the Victoria Embankment in London (a campaigner for Women’s Suffrage)
- Figures surrounding the main doorway of Lichfield Cathedral.
- Bust of Charles Stewart Parnell
- Bust of Lord Alfred Tennyson
- Bust of Sir Francis Grant, her uncle
- Bust of Lady Augusta Stanley, Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria and her aunt
- Relief portrait head of Henry Erskine
- Memorial to Augusta Bruce in the New Abbey Church, Dunfermline
- Reredos panel at altar in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh (designed by John Oldrid Scott, sculpted by Mary Grant)
- Reredos in a church in Kilburn, London.
- Sculpted figures on screen in Winchester Cathedral
- Miss Mary Grant; Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture
- British Sculpture and Sculptors of Today, Spielmann (1901)