This afternoon, I had a rare opportunity to visit a collection of statues located in the conservation village of Eaglesham, south of Glasgow. This unusual collection is only available for viewing by special arrangement.

The sculptor, William Gemmell was a somewhat shy and modest man who spent his entire life¬† (1814-1891) in Eaglesham. He was a joiner (carpenter) by trade and took up sculpting as a hobby. During the period 1842-1845 he created a group of 15¬†life-size statuary representing the family circle described in Robert Burns’ poem”The Cottar’s Saturday Night.” However, the whereabouts of this group is not known. The only known surviving statues are located in the Eaglesham collection and comprise:

Street Urchin

Street Urchin By Gemmell

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