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Anne Davidson

Obituary of Anne Davidson, sculptor and artist; born 3 February, 1937, in Glasgow; died 20 December, 2008, in Aberdeen, aged 71.

Anne Davidson, DA, ARBS, was an outstanding Scottish sculptor and artist, and many of her commissioned works are on public view in Scotland and further afield, writes Amanda Grant.

Anne was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart School, Aberdeen. She then studied sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, from 1955-59, graduating top of her class with a DA (sculpture). After training as an art teacher, Anne returned to her former school as principal teacher of art from 1960-68. She then went on to work as a full-time sculptor.

In 1993, the Most Rev Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow, then Bishop of Aberdeen, commissioned Anne to create a small figure of St Margaret of Scotland to celebrate her 900th anniversary, in an edition of 500.

On 22 February, 2003, during an audience with Pope John Paul II, then prime minister Tony Blair presented him with Anne’s statue of St Margaret of Scotland.

Anne also produced a larger version of her St Margaret of Scotland figure, in a limited edition of ten, commissioned by St Margaret’s Church, Long Island, in the United States. Other copies in this edition are located in Dunfermline, Aberdeen, Bushey, London, and New Zealand.

Other important religious commissions Anne created were the relief sculptures in St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Aberdeen; the external reliefs for the Church of St Paschal Baylon in Liverpool; and The Madonna and Child and St Columba statues in the St Columba Church complex, Aberdeen. Her final large commission was a statue of St Paul, completed at the end of July 2008, for St Paul the Apostle Church, Glasgow.

Full story at The Scotsman.

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