Other names: Alec
Born 26 October 1825
Died 1 January 1871
Active: 1839 - 1870
Country of birth: Scotland
Country of death: France
Born in Inverness, Scotland. He was the son of John Munro, a dyer. Alexander's early education was funded by Peter Scott, rector of Inverness Academy and local patrons who recognized his talent for carving thick slate pencils. In 1844 Harriet, duchess of Sutherland, arranged with Charles Barry for him to work on the new Houses of Parliament. Munro then worked under John Thomas and Patric Park, enrolling at the Royal Academy Schools in 1847.
Munro became a close friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and through this a member of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. He also became acquainted with F. D. Maurice and John Ruskin around 1855 when, together with Thomas Woolner, he began teaching at the Working Men's College in Great Ormond Street.
He executed a number of architectural schemes as well as creating busts and ideal works. In 1865 he developed cancer and he died of this disease in 1871 in Cannes, France.
Wealth at death: £5,000 0s. 0d.
Left less than £5,000
Probate date: 10 October 1871
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Paolo e Francesca
Paolo and Francesca
1851 - 1852
Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The International Exhibition, London, 1862
Exhibited at Annual Exhibition of the Academy of Arts (Leeds), 1853
'Subject from Dante'
Exhibited at International Exhibition of Arts and Manufactures, Dublin, 1865
no. 34. 'Boy and Dog' - marble group. no. 211. 'Twilight' - Marble basso-relievo. Offered for sale 30-0-0. no. 212. 'Sabrina' - Marble alto-relievo. Offered for sale 120-0-0. no. 213. 'Maternal Joy' - Marble basso-relievo. Offered for sale 80-0-0. p. 112, no. 217. 'Joan of Arc' - Statue in marble. Offered for sale 150-0-0. p. 112, no. 219. 'A Gillie and Hound' - Group in marble. Offered for sale 630-0-0. p. 112, no. 220. 'Boy Asleep' - plaster. Offered for sale 26-5-0.
Exhibited at The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, 1826-
1839 - 1858
Exhibited at the annual exhibition 5 times: 1839 (1 work), 1840 (1 work), 1854 (7 works), 1856 (4 works) and 1858 (5 works)
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1849 - 1871
Exhibited 22 times (twice before 1851), usually 5 to 6 works per year.
Exhibited at Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations (London), 1851
Exhibited at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, 1861-1951
Exhibited once (7 works)
Exhibited at Festival of Britain, London: Ten Decades, a Review of British Taste, 1851-1951, 1951
Munro's 'Portrait of the Artist's Wife' (representing the period 1861-1870) was lent by Dr H. A. Munro, and exhibited posthumously.
Institutional and Business Connections
Member of Institute of British Sculptors
1856 (Circa) - 1860 (Circa)
Personal and Professional Connections
Employed David Davis
Descriptions of Practice
Listed under Sculptors Post Office London Directory, 1860 Post Office/Kelly London Directories
Catalogue of the Annual Exhibition of the Academy of Arts, 8 Bond Street, Leeds, 1853
Cat. Nos. 524, 550, pp. 23, 24
Official Catalogue of Dublin International Exhibition of Arts and Manufactures 1865
pp. 102, 111, 112
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Katharine Macdonald, ‘Munro, Alexander (1825–1871)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/19545, accessed 16 Nov 2009]
Rules of the Institute of Sculptors
p. iv (confirms his membership had ceased in 1861)
Ten Decades a review of British Taste, 1851-1951. A Festival of Britain Exhibition organised by the Institute of Contemporary Art by arrangement with the Arts Council of Great Britain, 1951
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989. Volume 3, L-P. A Dictionary of Exhibitors at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1991 The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 1861-1989
Citing this record
'Alexander Munro', 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=msib7_1206711353, accessed 30 Sep 2016]