BORN 15 Feb 1799, Findo Gask, Perthshire - DIED 4 Mar 1878, Roma, Lazio|
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Acattolico, Via Caio Cestio 6 (Zona Prima, 7.42 (1038))
Lawrence Macdonald was the son of Alexander Macdonald, a poor violinist. He was apprentice to stonemason Thomas Gibson before he went to Edinburgh, where he worked as an ornamental sculptor. In 1822 he went to study in Rome. There he founded the British Academy of Arts in Rome together with Gibson, Severe and others. He would be a trustee until his death.
He returned to Edinburgh around 1826 and created a bust of the phrenologist George Combe. In 1829 he was elected into the Scottish Academy. In 1832 he returned to Rome, where he became a leading sculptor. In 1850 he created his best known work, the monument to Emily Georgiana, Lady Winchilsea. It is now at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He also created busts of Walter Scott and Fanny Kemble. He died in Rome in 1878.
made a sculpture of Kemble, Fanny