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By Gary Nisbet
Francis Leslie
(1833-94)
Born Glasgow, he trained at the Haldane Academy (later GSA ), where he won a prize for figure modelling, 1850, and taught modelling, 1885-88.

He also worked in London with J H Foley and George Anderson Lawson , 1870-75, before returning to Glasgow to assist G E Ewing on the statue of Robert Burns in George Square.

Employed by John Mossman as his assistant until 1890, he worked on the Campbell, Livingstone and MacLeod statues, as well as the City Chambers reliefs and sculpture on Greenock Municipal Buildings (1879-86).

His other work in Glasgow includes the statue of James White of Overtoun, Cathedral Square (1890), after a design by John Mossman .

An active member of the Glasgow Art Club, he executed portrait busts and exhibited at RGIFA , 1863-92, and at the International Exhibition, Kelvingrove, 1888.

He occupied addresses at 87 Abercromby Street, 1861, 7 Park Place, 1871, and 79 Grove Street, 1881, before moving to Edinburgh, c. 1890.

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Works in our Database:
#61 1: Cathedral Square (Townhead),
Cathedral Square
Monument to David Livingstone (1875-9)
Sculptor: J Mossman;
Assisted by: F Leslie, JP Macgillivray;
Designers of pedestal: Campbell Douglas & Sellars; Foundry: Cox & Sons
2: Cathedral Square (Townhead),
Cathedral Square
Monument to James White of Overtoun (1890)
Sculptor: F Leslie
#128 3: George Square (City Centre),
George Square
Monument to Robert Burns (1876-7, statue; 1885-7, reliefs)
Sculptors: GE Ewing
assisted by F Leslie (statue); JA Ewing (reliefs);
Foundry: Cox & Sons (statue); JC Wilson & Co (reliefs);
Pedestal by: Meldrum Brothers
 
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