Phyllis Bone, 1894-1972
Born in Hornby, Lancashire, Bone grew up in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1912-1918. After the war, she spent 18 months in Paris studying under Edouard Navellier, and went on to become a leading sculptor of animals. Forging a productive professional relationship with Robert Lorimer, she was commissioned by him to create the lion and unicorn at the entrance to the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle. Other important public works included animals for the Ashworth Laboratories at Edinburgh University (1928-9) and reliefs for St Andrew’s House (1936-39). Smaller works in bronze were exhibited regularly. In 1944, she became the first woman to be elected to full membership of the RSA.