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Waller Hubert Paton (1863–1941)

Sculptor, printmaker and painter of wildlife subjects, he was the son of Waller Hugh Paton (1828–1895) and the nephew of Sir Joseph Noel Paton (1821–1901), both distinguished painters. According to the Scotsman, he was educated ‘in Edinburgh at the Academy, the Institution, and University, and also attended the School of Art, and the R.S.A. life class’, establishing a practice as a sculptor in Edinburgh in 1896 after several years hunting and painting big game in Colorado, USA. He produced numerous busts, figurative reliefs and medals, and among his public works are a recumbent figure of Robert the Bruce in marble, freestone and wood at St Conan’s Kirk, Lochawe, Argyll and Bute, Scottish Highlands (1896), and the bronze Princess Louise’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders South African War Memorial at Stirling Castle (1907).

Sources: W.T. Johnston, Dictionary of Scottish Artists (c.2000), Scottish National Library, ref CD-ROM.585; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 46–47, 51, vol. 2, pp. 346, 347; Scotsman, 1 February 1941, p. 6 (obit.).

Ray McKenzie 2018