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(Gertrude) Alice Meredith Williams (1877–1934)

Sculptor, decorative painter, book illustrator and stained-glass window designer. She was born in Liverpool and studied at the School of Architecture and Applied Art, Liverpool, and in Paris. In 1907, she settled in Edinburgh, remaining there with her husband and collaborator, the painter and stained-glass window designer Morris Meredith Williams, until the completion of their work on the Scottish National War Memorial for Sir Robert Lorimer in 1927, after which they retired to Devon. She carried out many other commissions for Lorimer, including the modelling of a series of wooden figures for the church of St John, Perth, and the bronze figure group for the war memorial in Paisley (1924), her masterpiece. She exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy between 1907 and 1929.

Bibliography: E. Cumming, Hand, Heart and Soul: the Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland, Edinburgh, 2006, pp. 192-93; 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, pp. xxix, 99–100, 108, 111–12, vol. 2, pp. 20–21; D. Macmillan, Scotland’s Shrine: The Scottish National War Memorial, Farnham, 2014, pp. 71–74.

Ray McKenzie 2018