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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Margaret Wrightson (1877–1976)

Sculptor. Encouraged to take up art by her father, Sir Thomas Wrightson, MP for Stockton and later St Pancras, she studied at the Royal College of Art under William Blake Richmond and Edouard Lantéri. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Society of Woman Artists from 1906. In 1929, she became an Associate member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors following nominations by Gilbert Bayes and F.V. Blundstone and in 1943 was elected a Fellow. Her public sculptures are a bronze figure of St George on the war memorial at Cramlington, Northumberland (1922), and the statue of a boy commemorating Charles Lamb (1928), in the gardens of the Inner Temple in the City of London. In 1925, she sculpted a statue of a Viking Warrior for Doxford Hall in Northumberland, home of the politician Walter Runciman. This was removed to the forecourt of County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, in 1978.

Bibliography: Mapping Sculpture; P. Usherwood et al, Public Sculpture of North-East England, Liverpool, 2000, pp. 41–42; P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of the City of London, Liverpool, 2003, pp. 147, 398–99.

Philip Ward-Jackson, 2003; revised, Terry Cavanagh, May 2024