Found on the upper tier of the South East buttress of the Scott
Saladin (from the novel 'The Talisman', 1825), is represented
wearing a turban with a central point, loose fitting clothes and
cummerbund around his waist. He has baggy trousers and a curved
sword typical of a Middle-Eastern soldier.
When first introduced in the novel, the Saracen leader Saladin
(1137 to 1193) is in disguise as Sheerkohf or Emir Ilderim of Kurdistan.
Scott describes him as "in the very flower of his age, and
might perhaps have been termed eminently beautiful, but for the
narrowness of his forehead and something of too much thinness and
sharpness of feature…"
"His limbs, where exposed to view, seemed divested
of all that was fleshy or cumbersome; so that nothing being left
but bone, brawn and sinew, it was a frame fitted for exertion and
fatigue, far beyond that of a bulky champion…"
He befriends Kenneth, a Scottish knight, and cures Richard Coeur
de Lion with the amulet or talisman of the novel's title. "A
generous and valiant enemy", Saladin is portrayed as both wiser
and cleverer than his Crusader opponents.
About the Sculptor
Clark Stanton (1832 to 1894)
George Clark Stanton was born in Birmingham in 1832 and died in
Edinburgh on the 8th January 1894. He was educated at King Edward’s Grammar School and Birmingham School of Art, where he studied silversmithing. He was also a painter of portraits, portrait miniatures and rustic
subjects, often on a romantic, literary and historical theme.
“His heroines wore richly coloured dresses and
his backgrounds are finely detailed, yet his pictures carry great
conviction and never appear like theatrical charades”.
While working for Elkington and Mason he was sent to Florence to
study Renaissance sculpture and metalwork. In 1855 he settled in
Edinburgh and lived at 1 Ramsay Lane, but sold very few artworks
during his life and was continuously in debt. He was elected ARSA
(Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy) in 1862 and RSA (Royal
Scottish Academy) in 1885.
Other works include bronze panels on the Buccleuch Memorial on
the Royal Mile and statues of ‘Army and Navy’ on the
Albert Memorial in Charlotte Square.
Other figures on the Scott Monument are Friar Tuck, Rebecca, and
Sir Piercie Shafton.
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