When the sculptor Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams died in 1934, the Scotsman referred to her “undoubted genius”. It was no exaggeration. Her humanity and technical skill are there for all to see in The Spirit of the Crusaders, in Paisley (1924) and in a dozen pieces for the Scottish National War Memorial (1927), which led the memorial’s historian Duncan Macmillan to describe her as its “star sculptor”.
“Her work is beautiful. In the biased perspective of conventional art history it may seem conservative, but due to its scale and enduring public impact, Williams was probably the most important woman artist of the 1920s.”
Duncan Macmillan, The Scotsman, 13th December 2018
Long before she became known for her war memorials, Alice made smaller, no less beautiful pieces, which were exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Academy and at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.