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Denys Mitchell (1939–2015)

Sculptor and metal worker, and founder member of the British Artist Blacksmiths Association. Born in Aberdeenshire, he completed a blacksmithing course at West Dean College, Sussex, and went on to study at Camberwell School of Art, London. Working in a range of forms from ecclesiastical fittings to the reproduction of medieval armour, Mitchell undertook commissions throughout northern Europe and the USA. His most important work in the UK is The Knight of the Cnihtengild, 1990, a more than twice life-size beaten bronze figure of a medieval knight on horseback, commissioned by Standard Life Assurance Company for the courtyard of their offices in Cutlers’ Gardens, London, replacing a statue of Margaret Thatcher. For most of his professional life he worked from a forge based in a converted Ragged School in Kelso, Roxburghshire.

Primary source: information from Denys Mitchell.

Bibliography: J. Creed and A. Dawson, ‘Obituary: Denys Mitchell 3 March 1939‒15 August 2015’, Artist Blacksmith, no. 147, 2015, pp. 32–33; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 306–08; P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of the City of London, Liverpool, 2003, pp. 94–95.

Ray McKenzie 2018