Biography

Alexander Carrick (1882-1966) was a prominent Scottish sculptor of the earlier twentieth century, known especially for his many First World war memorials, including his work on the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle, where he was responsible for the figures of Justice and Courage, and the relief panels of the Royal Engineers and the Royal Artillery. The son of a blacksmith from a long line of blacksmiths, Carrick was born in Musselburgh near Edinburgh, and started his career with an apprenticehip to William Birnie Rhind in 1897. After excelling in his studies at the Edinburgh College of Art, he won a scholarship to study under Edouard Lanteri at the South Kensington College, but then returned to Scotland and established himself firmly there. He became the head of sculpture at the Edinburgh College of Art. Although he is also known for his architectural sculpture, one of his least typical (and most entertaining) works was his continuation of the series of Victorian animal sculptures on the Animal Wall of Cardiff Castle, in Wales. These complemented and continued the work there by Thomas Nicholls to the general design of William Burges. — Jacqueline Banerjee

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"Alexander Carrick, ARSA, RSA, RBS, FRBS." Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011. Web. 27 Nov. 2011.

McGinlay, Jamie. "Alexander Carrick, Scottish Sculptor,1882-1966." Alexander Carrick website. Web. 27 November 2011.


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