John Hutchison (sculptor)

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Lawrence Macdonald by John Hutchison 1860
Statue of John Knox in New College Edinburgh by John Hutchison
Figure of Youth on the dome of Old College Edinburgh

John Hutchison (1 June 1832 – 23 May 1910) was a Scottish sculptor based in Edinburgh. His most notable public work is the bust of Sir Walter Scott in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.


He was born in Laurieston, in north-west Edinburgh.[1]

He lived worked and died in Edinburgh. However his apprenticeship was served in Hospitalfield, Arbroath 1849 to 1853 under James Christie alongside Robert Scott Lauder.

He exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy from 1862 until 1902. He acted as Librarian to the RSA from 1877- 1886 and as Honorary Treasurer from 1886 – 1907.

He studied at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art 1894-5, when already an established sculptor.

He contributed three stone figures to the Scott Monument on Princes Street: Baron Bradwardine, The Glee Maiden and Flora MacIvor.[1]

His sculpture yard stood at 3 Torphicen Place in Edinburgh's West End, and he lived with his family in a large Victorian flat at 19 Manor Place, slightly to the north of his studio.[2]

He died in Edinburgh and is buried in Grange Cemetery, in the northern half of its SE section, alongside his wife Margaret Ballantine (1839-1875).

His daughter Henrietta (1871-1933) married Andrew Paterson Melville and became a Justice of the Peace.

Notable works[edit]


Grave of John Hutchison, Grange Cemetery


  1. ^ a b "The Character Statues". 
  2. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1900-1901
  3. ^ Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh by Gifford McWilliam and Walker
  • Dictionary of Scottish Sculptors