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This resource allows you to explore William Lamb's portrait of Hugh McDiarmid using 3D (three-dimensional) technology to view it from all angles, focus on details, and see the surface marks made by the artist's tools (and fingers!). You can also see aspects of the sculpture that you may not see if you visited it in a gallery – such as the top of his head, underneath the sculpture, and even inside it!

About the sculpture

This is a portrait bust of the Scottish poet, journalist and essayist Hugh McDiarmid by artist William Lamb (1893–1951) who lived and worked in Montrose, Angus. Lamb was friends with McDiarmid who also lived in Montrose and was part of the Scottish Renaissance literary movement centred in the town. Lamb's friendship with McDiarmid inspired him in his resolve to make his work distinctly Scottish by modelling the ordinary men and women working in the community around him. He is best know for his expressionistic sculptures of local fishermen.

William Lamb was born in Montrose. While working as an apprentice stone mason he studied art at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. Despite being injured as a soldier in the First World War and losing the use of his right hand, he went on to study at Edinburgh School of Art and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He returned to Montrose in 1924 and established his studio.

Sculptures by William Lamb

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HRH The Princess Elizabeth (1933)
William Lamb (1893–1951), Self Portrait (1930)
Minesweeper (1944)
The Whisper (unfinished) (1951) 

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