Found is on the lower tier of the North East Buttress of the Scott
Flora MacIvor (from the novel 'Waverley', 1814) is depicted in
a quilted dress and bodice while holding a “white cockade”
which she makes in the novel.
Flora MacIvor is the beautiful sister of Fergus MacIvor, "early
education had impressed upon her mind…the most devoted attachment
to the exiled family of Stewart". Her loyalty "as it exceeded
her brother's in fanaticism, excelled it also in purity", since
it is untainted by self-interest and ambition. Edward Waverley becomes
infatuated with her, especially after her appearance playing the
harp beside a Highland waterfall. But Flora, though conscious of
his charms, rejects his suit, knowing that her friend Rose Bradwardine
loves him and that he, unconsciously, loves Rose. After the failure
of the 1745 Rising, Flora retires to a French convent.
About the Sculptor
John Hutchinson (1833 to 1910)
Born at Laurieston, Edinburgh, Hutchinson served an apprenticeship
with a wood carver along with Robert Scott Lauder. He studied at
the Trustees Academy in 1848 and in Rome in c.1849. He sculpted
portrait figures in bronze, marble and wood.
“He blended a national vigour and realistic propriety
with a feeling for the chaste purity of the classical ideal”
(From the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture.)
Other works include a colossal John Knox for the quadrangle of
New College, and the Adam Black monument in Princes Street both
in Edinburgh. He has works in the National Gallery of Scotland and
the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Also on the Scott Monument - The Glee Maiden, Baron Bradwardine and Fiona MacIvor.
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