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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

James Harvey Clark (1886–1980)

Edinburgh sculptor, who worked from a studio at 1 Belford Road. After apprenticing as a lithographic printer, he studied drawing and modelling at the Royal Scottish Academy, and was one of the first to transfer to Edinburgh College of Art when it opened in 1907. He served in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in World War I, then worked for several established Scottish sculptors, such as Joseph Hayes and Alice Meredith Williams, assisting the latter on her bronze panels in the Scottish National War Memorial. In 1929 he established his own practice, specialising in heraldic work for leading Edinburgh architects, but also produced figurative works and portrait busts, as well as maquettes for the woodcarvers Alexander and William Clow. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy, and was elected ARSA in 1934.

Bibliography: W.T. Johnston, Dictionary of Scottish Artists (c.2000), Scottish National Library, ref CD-ROM.585; P.J.M. McEwan, The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 2004; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 2, pp. 305–07.

Ray McKenzie 2018