Female sculptor discovered to have created historic bust at Monument

A bust depicting Scottish missionary David Livingstone donated to The National Wallace Monument in 1889 is believed to have been created by female sculptor Amelia Hill, and not by David Watson Stevenson as previously thought.

The discovery was brought to the attention of Stirling District Tourism, the charity that operates the Stirling visitor attraction, by sculptor Graciela Ainsworth who was conducting research into the history of female influence at the well-known Hall of Heroes.

Graciela’s work will soon be added to the Monument’s Hall of Heroes with the addition of her bust depicting Maggie Keswick Jencks, as part of the Scotland’s Heroines project.

Speaking of the discovery, Zillah Jamieson, Chair of Stirling District Tourism said: “We are so pleased to learn of this intriguing development. We undertook the Scotland’s Heroines project to ensure that women were represented amongst notable Scots at the Monument’s Hall of Heroes. 

“We’re fascinated to now discover that there was a female influence at the Hall of Heroes earlier than previously thought. We are looking forward to learning more about Amelia Hill’s work on the David Livingstone bust in the future.” Female sculptor discovered to have created historic bust at Monument

Scotland’s Heroines sculptor Graciela Ainsworth said: “Working as a sculptor on The National Wallace Monument’s Scotland’s Heroines project has been incredibly meaningful for myself and for my colleague Csilla Karsay who created the bust of Mary Slessor.

 “Sculpting the first female busts for the Hall of Heroes was a wonderful experience for us, and now to know that our work will be joining another one of the great Scottish sculptors, Amelia Hill, is just fantastic.”

The Monument is currently closed for upgrades ahead of its 150th anniversary celebrations and is expected to reopen in May 2019.
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