When the sculptor Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams died, in 1934, the Scotsman referred to her “undoubted genius”. It was no exaggeration. The humanity and technical skill that characterise her work are there for all to see in her monumental sculpture for the Paisley War Memorial and in the twelve pieces she made for the Scottish National War Memorial, prompting art historian Duncan Macmillan to describe her as the memorial’s “star sculptor” (Scotland’s Shrine, 2014)
Alice was the co-star of An Artist’s War. The art and letters of Morris & Alice Meredith Williams (The History Press, 2017. anartistswar.com) and many readers of that book have asked to know more about her. Undaunted Spirit. The art and craft of Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams, a 160-page book with 290 illustrations of more than 120 pieces of work, is the response.
“Small of stature and delicate in appearance, with visionary eyes, she acquired amid the rigours of her student life a power of endurance which supported her in the heaviest work, and no obstacles deterred her undaunted spirit from carrying out an idea.”
Henry Pyatt, The Times, 9th March 1934