Mary Lloyd (sculptor)

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Mary Charlotte Lloyd (23 January 1819 – 1896) was a Welsh sculptor who studied with John Gibson in Rome and lived for decades with feminist Frances Power Cobbe.


Mary Lloyd was born in Denbighshire, Wales. She studied and worked with French artist Rosa Bonheur.[1] In 1853 she was working in the studio of Welsh sculptor John Gibson in Rome, along with American sculptor Harriet Hosmer.[2]

In 1858 Lloyd inherited a share in the Welsh landed estate of Hengwrt.[3] This allowed Lloyd to refer to herself as a landed proprietor when signing petitions supporting women's suffrage, and also gave her some local political rights, such as the ability to appoint a vicar.[2]


  1. ^ Cherry, Deborah (2000). Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture, Britain 1850 -1900. Routledge. 
  2. ^ a b Mitchell, Sally (2004). Frances Power Cobbe: Victorian Feminist, Journalist, Reformer. University of Virginia Press. 
  3. ^ (cited to Walford, County Families of the United Kingdom, p. 359)