Madonna and Child, by Gwendolen Williams

St Andrew and St George's Church

By Pauline Maryan

Madonna and Child
Pauline Maryan

A bronze sculpture by [Lucy] Gwendolen Williams (c. 1870 – 1955) created in 1902.  It was among her bequests to her lifelong friend Eveline Lewis, who offered it to the architects Seely and Paget, then in the process of designing St George’s church.  Mrs Lewis wrote to Lord Mottistone, one of the partners in the firm, ” It is difficult to tell you how delighted I am that my old friend’s sculpture of the Madonna & Child will find a worthy setting in a church.  She had lavished so much loving work & care upon it as her major work…I shall imagine it situated in a beautiful church to the inspiration of which I pray it may contribute.”  It was presented by Lord Mottistone to the church at its comsecration in 1960.

Gwendolen Williams was born in Liverpool and studied at Liverpool Art College, the Royal College of Art, and also in Paris. Madonna and Child was among her works exhibited at the Royal Academy, and she also took part in exhibitions in Europe.

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