Patric Park, 1811 - 1855. Sculptor

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Patric Park, 1811 - 1855. Sculptor 1859
  • Scottish Art
Patric Park was born in Glasgow and at the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a local stonemason. He then travelled to Rome in 1831 to study under the sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Following his return to Scotland in 1833, Park soon became one of Scotland’s finest portrait sculptors. This portrait of Park was painted by the miniaturist Kenneth Mcleay (1802-78), four years after the sculptor's death. Despite the watercolour being copied from a photograph, it is a remarkably lively and natural portrait. The artist used a 'sketchy' style for the body and landscape in order to draw attention to the more detailed treatment of the head. In 1851 Park had sculpted Macleay's portrait in a marble bust.

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Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.


A painting or drawing, usually a portrait, on a very small scale. These were popular prior to the invention of photographic portraits in the 19th century.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Bust, Miniature, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. PG 654
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 37.60 x 30.40 cm
  • Credit Given by Patric Park 1906