Scottish Sculptor: Robert Jackson (1840-78)



Figure 1.-- Robert Jackson (1840-78) did a charming sculpture of a Scottish boy that is now in the Victorian and Albert Museum. The boy is wearing highland dress. He is the honourable Alexander Campbell. Alexander was born in 1855. He was was the son of the Earl of Cawdor. It was sculptured in London signed and dated 1872.

Robert Jackson (1840-78) did a charming sculpture of a Scottish boy that is now in the Victorian and Albert Museum. The boy is wearing highland dress. He is the honourable Alexander Campbell. Alexander was born in 1855. He was was the son of the Earl of Cawdor. It was sculptured in London signed and dated 1872. One question we have is how commonly Scottish boys wore kilts in the 19th century. This work, however, does not help us much. We know that aristocratic and other affluent Scottish boys wore kilts. We are less sure about ordinary Scottish boys.

Robert Jackson (1840-78)

Robert Jackson (1840-78) did a charming sculpture of a Scottish boy that is now in the Victorian and Albert Museum. I know nothing about Jackson's life and body of work at this time.

Alexander Campbell (1855-1929)

The boy sculpted by Jackson is wearing highland dress. He wears a cut-away jacket wiith a Highland kilt and sporan. He is the honourable Alexander Campbell. Alexander was born in 1855. He was was the son of John Frederick Vaughan Campbell, 2nd Earl Cawdor (1817-98). His mother was Sarah Mary Compton-Cavendish (18??-81). He looks to be about 10-years old. The work was sculptured in London signed and dated 1872. That means that Alexander would have been about 16 years old, but he looks younger in the sculpture, perhaps it was begun several years earlier. We know nothing about Alexander's childhood and very little about his life. He married twic. First to Constance Pleydell-Bouverie, daughter of Philip Pleydell-Bouverie and Jane Seymour (1879). He next secondly, Rose Rebecca Blyton (1888).

Scottish Kilts: 19th century

One question we have is how commonly Scottish boys wore kilts in the 19th century. This work, however, does not help us much. We know that aristocratic and other affluent Scottish boys wore kilts. We are less sure about ordinary Scottish boys.






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