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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

William Baxter (1855–1927)

Builder, amateur sculptor and local politician, who served on the Town Council of Leith from 1891, and of Edinburgh after the amalgamation of the two towns in 1920 (which he opposed). He took a special interest in public housing schemes and the improvement of the tramway system. In its report on his death, the Scotsman noted that ‘[o]ne of his recreations was modelling in stucco’, and that in this medium he ‘carried out devices in which a grotesque humour was expressed’. It is on this basis that he may be identified as the author of the relief panel, The Valour of German Culture 1914, 1915, on 128 Pitt Street, Leith.

Bibliography: R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 2, pp. 179–80; The Scotsman, 17 June 1927, p. 8.

Ray McKenzie 2018