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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

David Alexander Francis (1886–1930)

Edinburgh sculptor, specializing in bronze and marble portrait busts, but also a wood-carver, with work in the Thistle Chapel. His bronze relief medallion of Thomas Telford (1928) is at the engineer’s birthplace in Westerkirk, near Langholm, with a copy in the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy, and was elected ARSA in 1927.

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. 498–99.

Ray McKenzie 2018