Found on the east facade of the Scott Monument, opposite the Knight
Templar, beside the Museum room window.
Ivanhoe (from the novel 'Ivanhoe', 1819) is depicted as a medieval
knight in chain mail, armour and plumed full-face helmet. He is
holding a long lance taller than himself.
Wilfred, son of Cedric, is the Disinherited Knight of Ivanhoe and
the eponymous hero of the novel. Banished by his father for persisting
in his love for the Lady Rowena, he excelled in arms in Palestine
and won favour with Richard Coeur-de-Lion. He returns to England
disguised as a Palmer (a pilgrim bearing a palm-leaf to signify
that he has visited the Holy Land). He has a running feud with the
Knight Templar, is equipped for the tournament at Ashby by Isaac
of York, and is afterwards nursed by Isaac's daughter Rebecca, who
falls in love with whom she regards as "boldest among the bold,
and gentlest among the gentle". Young, handsome and valiant,
Ivanhoe champions Rebecca and saves her from execution, but eventually
wins the hand of Rowena.
About the Sculptor
John Rhind (1828 to 1892)
Born in Banff, John Rhind was the son of a master stonemason and
descended from a line of stonemasons since the early 18th century.
He studied sculpture in the studio of Alexander ‘Handyside’
Ritchie, and his son, William Birnie Rhind also became a sculptor
and created statues for the Monument. Rhind was elected ARSA (Associate
of the Royal Scottish Academy) in 1892, but died before signing
the membership roll.
His portrait busts include ‘William Gladstone’ 1886
for the Scottish Liberal Club, ‘Victoria and Albert’,
‘Darwin’, ‘Michaelangelo’ and ‘Newton’
all 1859 which can all be found in the Royal Scottish Museum. He
executed a fine statue of William Chambers (1890) in bronze in Chambers
Street and one of Dick (1883) at the Royal Veterinary College.
Rhind also has other statues in the National Gallery of Scotland,
Scottish National Portrait Gallery and St Giles Cathedral.
His statues on the Scott Monument are Ivanhoe, John Knox, Rob
Roy, Lucy Ashton, Ravenswood, Dugald Dalgetty, George Buchanan and
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