- > Lawrence MacDonald HRSA
1799 - 1878
The sculptor Lawrence Macdonald came from Perthshire. Following an apprenticeship with a stone-mason he studied in Edinburgh at the Trustees' Academy. In 1822 Macdonald travelled to Rome, establishing himself there as a sculptor of neo-classical portrait busts and, with fellow artists, founding the British Academy of Arts. He returned to Scotland between 1826 and 1832, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, London, and at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Back in Rome, where he spent the rest of his life, Macdonald continued sculpting portrait busts and statues of distinguished British visitors to the city. His best work is considered to be the memorial to Lady Winchelsea (1850), now in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.