Born 12 February 1811
Died 16 August 1855
Active: 1836 - 1855
Country of birth: Scotland
Country of death: England
Born in Glasgow. Park came from a family of masons and sculptors. In about 1825 he was apprenticed as a mason to John Cornell in Edinburgh. Park's skills as a carver led to employment with the architect, James Gillespie Graham from 1828. He continued to develop his skills as an architectural carver whilst also studying drawing, mathematics and French in his spare time. In 1831 Park travelled to Rome to study with Bertel Thorvaldsen where he remained for two years.
After his return to Scotland in 1833, Park worked successfully as a sculptor of portrait busts. However, several of his larger commissions ended in disaster and financial embarrassment, particularly the major commission for statues of characters from the writings of Sir Walter Scott for the Scott monument in Edinburgh (c.1840). Partly as a consequence of these difficulties he never fully settled in one city, rather moving between Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. In addition to making sculpture, Park lectured and wrote on art, he had articles published in 'The Scotsman' and the 'Art Union'. He died suddenly in Warrington.
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at Aberdeen Artists' Society Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, 1898
Exhibited at Royal Academy of Art: The Exhibition of Scottish Art, 1939
'Sir John Watson Gordon, PRSA, RA'
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, The Eighty-Fourth, 1852
'Bust of Master George Harrison Park'
Exhibited at The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, 1826-
1811 - 1855
Exhibited at the annual exhibition 19 times: 1839 (2 works), 1840 (5 works), 1841 (1 work), 1842 (11 works), 1843 (3 works), 1848 (3 works), 1849 (13 works), 1850 (10 works), 1851 (11 works), 1852 (9 works), 1853 (1 work), 1854 (6 works), 1855 (6 works), 1856 (5 works), 1863 (1 work), 1863 (1 work), 1880 (2 works), 1887 (1 work), 1916 (5 works) and 1926 (4 works).
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1836 - 1855
Exhibited 15 times (five times from 1851), 54 works in all (chiefly portrait busts but also a few statues and a design for a monument to Sir Walter Scott)
Institutional and Business Connections
Elected ARSA The Royal Scottish Academy
Elected RSA The Royal Scottish Academy
A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1841
HO107 piece 685 folio 1/29 page 51
Citing this record
'Patric Park', 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_1213624779, accessed 24 Nov 2014]