Lawrence MacDonald RSA, HRSA
Other names: M'Donald
Born 15 February 1799
Died 4 March 1878
Active: 1828 - 1865
Country of birth: Scotland
Country of death: Italy
Born at Bonnyview, Findo Gask, Perthshire. He first moved to Rome in the early 1820s, where he set up as a sculptor of portrait busts. He was a founder member of the British Academy of Arts in Rome 1822-3.
In the early 1820s he was made an associate of the Royal Institution for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts in Scotland. After a period back in Scotland (1826-32) he settled permanently in Rome where he died in 1878.
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1828 - 1857
Exhibited 21 times but only 4 times post-1851, showed 1 work to 1840 then between 1 and 6 per year. The majority were portrait busts.
Exhibited at The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, 1826-
1832 - 1926
Exhibited at the annual exhibition 7 times: 1832 (7 works), 1837 (1 work), 1841 (1 work), 1855 (1 work), 1865 (1 work), 1880 (1 work) and 1926 (1 work)
Exhibited at Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations (London), 1851
Institutional and Business Connections
Elected honorary member of The Royal Scottish Academy
Elected RSA The Royal Scottish Academy
Resigned from The Royal Scottish Academy
A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Martin Greenwood, ‘Macdonald, Lawrence (1799–1878)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/17445, accessed 27 Aug 2009]
Citing this record
'Lawrence MacDonald RSA, HRSA', 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_1207734225, accessed 26 Mar 2017]