JOHN HUTCHISON RSA (SCOTTISH c1832-1910)
KING ROBERT THE BRUCE
Bronze, with brown patina, inscribed BRUCE and J. HUTCHISON RSA/Sculpt.1880 to plinth, 127cm high (50")
EXHIBITED: Probably the work exhibited at the RSA 1881 no.720
Bruce is depicted holding court at the Great Convention of Estates at Arbroath, 1320. This bronze relates to the stone statue of 1879 in the High St, Lochmaben, Bruce's birthplace.
Hutchison was born in Edinburgh, where he attended the Trustees Academy under Robert Scott Lauder. His portrait was painted by friends GP Chalmers and WQ Orchardson. After study in Rome, he exhibited at the RSA from 1856-1902 and the RA from 1862. Hutchison's subjects included Lauder, John Phillip and Sir George Harvey. He also completed sculptures for the Scott Monument in Edinburgh, with others residing in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Princes Street Gardens, Playfair Library, Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey. His likenesses ranged from Queen Victoria to John Knox, Don Quixote, James Young Simpson, Henry Irving and Sir Walter Scott.