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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

William Lamb (1893–1951)

Sculptor from Montrose, specialising in figures and portraits. He initially served an apprenticeship in monumental sculpture with his brother James, then attended Gray’s School of Art and, after losing the use of his right hand in the First World War, attended Edinburgh College of Art with Percy Portsmouth from 1921 to 1922. He made portraits of Hugh MacDiarmid and Pittendrigh Macgillivray, but is best known for his expressive figures of fisherfolk (e.g., Fisherboy, c.1941, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow). His Bust of Princess Margaret Rose, 1932, is in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Bibliography: P.J.M. McEwan, The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, 2004; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, p. 273.

Ray McKenzie 2018