Alexander Brodie & William Brodie Queen Victoria, 1819 - 1901. Reigned 1837 - 1901 1865

Biography

Born 1829
Died 1867
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Aberdeen
Death place Aberdeen

Alexander Brodie was the son of a shipmaster and merchant seaman. His brother was the sculptor William Brodie. Alexander served an apprenticeship as a brass-finisher at a foundry in Aberdeen. Like William, he showed artistic promise and with the support of his brother’s earliest patron, Sheriff William Watson (1796–1887), he moved to Edinburgh to study at the Trustees’ Academy School of Design from 1850. He also worked in William’s Edinburgh studio. In 1858, he set up on his own in Aberdeen and completed several public commissions in the north east of Scotland. Most notably, he was asked to create a full-length marble figure of Queen Victoria for the city of Aberdeen, paid for by public subscription. He was granted personal sittings with the queen at Balmoral. The statue was unveiled in 1866.  He was working on a bust of the same sitter and several other commissions when he took his own life at the age of 37.