PORTRAITS, IDEALS AND INDIVIDUALS

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walter scott

Above Left - Memorial tablet to Sir Walter Scott in Jedburgh, a good example of Carrick's work in shallow relief. Carrick based his Scott portrait on the famous marble bust by the sculptor Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey which was widely considered by Scott's contemporaries to be the best likeness of the writer. Chantrey's bust can still be seen at Abbotsford (Carrick also modelled the bronze wreath and panels on the Jedburgh war memorial).

Carrick was also responsible for the memorial tablets and relief portraits of the Rev. George Davidson in the Barony Church, Albany Street, Edinburgh; and Sir William A. Smith, founder of The Boy's Brigade, in Saint Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh (Above Right).

Carrick's monumental work tended to portray more idealistic features. Apart from busts of his family the only portrait commissions he carried out were in shallow relief for memorial tablets and yet these do show an ability to capture something of the inner life of the sitter. It seems strange that he does not appear to have pursued portrait commissions.

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