The sculpture collection consists of approximately 300 works dating from the late 18th century to the present day. The collection includes works in a variety of materials, including marble, bronze, plaster and terracotta.

The largest part of the collection is that of the British School, covering the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, and the New Sculpture movement.

The collection also includes works from the French School, by such sculptors as Degas, Rodin and Renoir.

The Gallery is expanding its collection of 20th century works. It includes notable abstract works by Eduardo Paolozzi (b.1924) and Anthony Caro (b.1924), and terracottas by Benno Schotz (1891-1984).

Alexander Thomson (architect)- marble by John Mossman

Thomson (architect)

Marble by John
Mossman, 1877.



Campbell (poet)

Marble by
Edward Hodges Baily, 1826.


Thomas Campbell (poet)- marble by Edward Hodges Baily

The late Victorian and Edwardian sections of the British School are well represented in the collection. During these times sculptors from all over the country came to Glasgow, where they were commissioned to provide sculptures for the many ornate new buildings being erected in the city.

The finest work in the British collection is the statue William Pitt by John Flaxman (1755-1826), commissioned by the people of Glasgow for the old Town Hall in 1812.

The English New Sculpture movement of the 1880s is also well represented in the collection. This movement was inspired by Renaissance sculptors such as Donatello and Michelangelo. Works by Harry Bates, Alfred Drury, George Frampton, Alfred Gilbert and Derwent Wood are included in the collection.


The collection includes works by notable exponents of the French School. There are some fine bronzes by Degas, Renoir and Rodin, and a tinted plaster bust George Louis Leclerc, Count de Buffon by Jean-Antoine Houdon.

The English New Sculpture movement was inspired partly by the work of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. His Susanna surprised and La danse are included in the collection.

The Cubist movement influenced sculpture as well as painting. The collection includes The music group by Ossip Zadkine, a Russian who settled in Paris in 1909. At that time Paris was establishing itself as the centre of Cubism, and The music group shows influences by such notable Cubists as Picasso and Braque.

Bather- marble by Gaetano Mercanti


Marble by Gaetano Mercanti (Italian 19th century).


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Syrinx- marble by William McMillan
Milly The Sculptor's Wife- terracotta by Benno Schotz
Modesty- marble by Giosue Argenti