Phyllis Mary Bone ARSA, RSA
Born 15 February 1894
Died 12 July 1972
Active: 1915 - 1972
Country of birth: England
Country of death: Scotland
Born in Hornby, Lancashire; the daughter of Dr. D.J.M. Bone. Phyllis was educated at St George's High School in Edinburgh and then at Edinburgh College of Art (1912-18). Bone also trained with the animal sculptor and painter, Edouard Navellier (in 1915-16 and 1918).
After returning to Edinburgh, she quickly established herself as an accomplished sculptor of animal subjects. Many of Bone's sculptures are small statuettes, however she also received several substantial commissions for architectural works in Edinburgh. These schemes include: the animal and heraldic carvings on the south front of the Scottish National War Memorial, the lion and the unicorn at the entrance of the memorial and the series of roundels inside the memorial commemorating the birds and animals used by the armed forces during the First World War (1918-27); a series of seventeen roundels containing reliefs of invertebrates and animals representing the principal zoogeographical regions for the Ashworth Laboratories, Edinburgh University (c.1929); and lion and unicorn reliefs for the Scottish Office, St Andrew's House, Regent Road (c.1936). The architect, Robert Lorimer and her former teacher Alexander Carrick were among her collaborators on these projects.
Bone worked at the Dean Studios for many years (1935-50), where she worked alongside a number of other sculptors. Around 1950 Bone left Edinburgh and she joined an artist's colony on the Solway Firth. She was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy (1944). Bone died in Dumfries hospital.
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Ebenezer the goat
A Timber Wolf
Kazan and grey wolf
Mare and foal
The white cockatoo
Collaborated on Equestrian statuette
Bear cubs at play
Lynx with hare
The fox and the toad
Carved The Tunnellers' Friends
Heads of the Animals that Served in the War
The Carrier Pigeons
Lion and Unicorn
Collaborated on The Scottish National War Memorial
1918 - 1927
The tawny owl
The Greenland Falcon
Wahb, the Grizzly
Hunter mare and foal
Lioness and cub
The sheep dog
Kid, Come Along!
An Ayrshire calf
The stolen ration
Crafty and powerful
The new calf
Roe deer - disturbed
The happy family
My neighbour's cat
Mother and son
Preening and Drying
Roe deer: Suspicion
Joie de vivre
To pastures new
Studio located in No 3 Studio, 1st Balcony, 24 Shadwick Place Edinburgh | View on map
Studio located in No 11 Studio, West Stair, 24 Shadwick Place Edinburgh | View on map
1920 (Circa) - 1922 (Circa)
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The Exhibition of The Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, The Ninety-Sixth, 1922
Exhibited at The Exhibition of The Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, One-Hundred-and-Seventeenth, 1943
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, The Ninety-Third, 1919
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, The Ninety-Fifth, 1921
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, The Ninety-Eighth, 1924
'The white cockatoo'
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, The Ninety-Ninth, 1925
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, The One-Hundredth - Centenary Exhibition, 1926
'Panther disturbed while attacking a vulture'
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, The One-Hundred-and-Eleventh, 1937
'Lioness and cub'
Exhibited at Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of the Society of Scottish Artists, 1931
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Eighty-Second Annual Exhibition, 1943
'Crafty and powerful'
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Fifty-Eighth Annual Exhibition, 1919
'A Timber Wolf'
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Seventieth Annual Exhibition, 1931
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Seventy-Fourth Annual Exhibition, 1935
'Shere Khan, The Tiger '
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Seventy-Eighth Annual Exhibition, 1939
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Eighty-Seventh Annual Exhibition, 1948
'Preening and Drying'
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Ninetieth Annual Exhibition, 1951
'The Fantail '
Exhibited at Palace of Arts Empire Exhibition Scotland, 1938
Institutional and Business Connections
Advisor to The Edinburgh College of Art
As consultant Sculptor on Adjudication Commitee for Student Competition.
Collaborated with Donaldson & Burns
Donaldson & Burns did stone carving for Bone on the Scottish National War Memorial
Elected ARSA The Royal Scottish Academy
15 March 1939
Elected RSA The Royal Scottish Academy
First woman to be elected.
Member of Society of Scottish Artists
Received travel scholarship from The Edinburgh College of Art
1915 - 1916
Studied under Nevallier
Student at The Edinburgh College of Art
1912 - 1918
Worked for Holyrood Pottery
Designed small animal figures
Personal and Professional Connections
Apprenticed to Edouard Félicien Eugene Navellier
Collaborated with Hazel Ruthven Armour
on Scottish National War Memorial
Nominated by Benno Schotz
Nominator of Thomas Good
RSA (seconded by Bone)
Nominator of Scott Sutherland
Nominator of Julian Phelps Allan
Shared studio with Morag Burn-Murdoch
1920 (Circa) - 1922
Studied under Alexander Carrick
1912 - 1918
Studied under Percival (Percy) Herbert Portsmouth
1912 - 1918
Studied with Charles D'Orville Pilkington Jackson
1912 - 1918
Studied with Hazel Ruthven Armour
Worked with Robert Stodart Lorimer
1918 (Circa) - 1927 (Circa)
Descriptions of Practice
Listed under Sculptors Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory 1930-1931
p. 1205 Listed under Sculptors
Artists' Papers Register
http://www.apr.ac.uk/artists/searches/artistrecs.asp?ARID=GB/NNAF/P2924 (accessed 03/08)
Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory 1930-1931
p. 1205 Listed under Sculptors
England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906
Name: Phyllis Mary Bone Gender: Female Birth Date: 15 Feb 1894 Christening Date: 15 Feb 1894 Christening Place: Hornby, Lancashire, England Age at Christening: 0 Father's Name: Douglas John Mayhew Bone Mother's Name: Mary Campbell
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989. Volume 1, A-D. A Dictionary of Exhibitors at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1990 The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989
The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985
The Times, Friday, Jul 14, 1972; pg. 18; Issue 58530; col G Miss Phyllis Bone Category: Obituaries
Citing this record
'Phyllis Mary Bone ARSA, RSA', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib6_1204107282, accessed 29 Apr 2017]