Skip to main content

Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Elizabeth Gaskell

Photo: Marion Dutcher / Gaskell Memorial Tower, Knutsford, Cheshire / CC BY-SA 2.0

Sculptor: after Hamo Thornycroft (1850-1925)

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), Victorian novelist, biographer and writer of short stories. Gaskell lived in Knutsford with her aunt and later was married there. Her  portrait bust is in a niche on Gaskell Memorial Tower. It is a copy of a bust made in 1897 by Hamo Thornycroft (1850-1925), now at the University of Manchester Library, which itself was a copy of a plaster bust by David Dunbar (1792-1866), which was executed c.1829. The marble (?) bust was in place on the Tower by 1913.

Location: Gaskell Memorial Tower, King Street, Knutsford , Cheshire.