Born Muckart, Clackmannanshire, the son of the minister of Muckart
Educated at Dollar Academy, he later studied sculpture under
Percy Portsmouth at ECA
, winning a travelling scholarship which
enabled him to study in Paris, Rome, Naples and Florence, where he set up
a studio, 1912-16.
During World War I he served with the Lothian and Borders Light Horse,
and later with the RAF in Italy.
He worked in Glasgow, 1917-25, producing portrait busts, genre pieces
and the war memorials at Kirkudbright (1920); Dollar Academy (1920); Denny
(1921); Rutherglen (1924); Milngavie (1924) and the 51st Division Memorial,
Beaumont Hamel (1924).
His work in Glasgow is represented by the portrait panel of Francis Thornton Barrett,
the City Librarian, Mitchell Library (1922); the statue of Lord Lister,
Kelvingrove Park (1923-4); and the memorial to the surgeons William and John Hunter,
University of Glasgow, designed by
J J Burnet
In 1925 he moved to London where he executed the statue of Pavlova in
the London Garden of Remembrance (c. 1932). An active member of the Glasgow Art Club, he exhibited at RSA
RGIFA, 1915-59. He died at Watchfield, Swindon.
In recent years, Paulin's statue of Lord Lister has been a target for 'coning',
the practice of placing a traffic cone on a statue's head, which is endorsed by the leader
of Glasgow City Council as beneficial to the city's tourist industry.
The team at glasgowsculpture.com think otherwise. Gary Nisbet is seen here removing the cone
from the statue to ensure that it is enjoyed as it was meant to be by the sculptor.
[Obit], 12 July, 1962;
- The Bailie, 3 October, 1923;
, vol 3.