Born in Liverpool, he studied modelling and stone-carving at GSA
winning the Haldane Travelling Scholarship, 1908, and became
Head of Sculpture, 1912-28.
In 1914, he shared a studio with
, at 7
Woodside Place Lane, and executed the carving on the Dunfermline
Carnegie Library, gavels for the Trades House and Old Deacons Club,
and exhibited a bust of Sir Peter Coats and a bronze relief
portrait of Rev. James Stewart, for Glasgow Cathedral.
In May 1914, he was placed second in the competition for the
statuary groups on the Kelvin Way Bridge, losing the commission
P R Montford
, of London.
During World War I, he served as a sergeant in the Artists Rifles
and invented a protractor for the Vickers machine gun, and managed to
exhibit Charon at the RGIFA
After the war, he resumed teaching at GSA
and continued as an independent
sculptor, executing the War Memorials at Grangemouth (1919);
Bearsden (1924); and Greenock (1924); the allegorical figures
representing Literature and Science on the south façade of the
Mercat Building at Glasgow Cross (1925-9); and produced a number of portrait
busts and ideal work.
These include Head of a Girl (1919); the Sir William McEwan Medallion,
Royal Infirmary, Glasgow (1924-5); and a bust of Sir David McAuley Stevenson,
Glasgow University (1932).
He was also the sculptor of the portrait relief on the Evan MacColl Memorial Cairn,
Kenmore, Loch Fyne (1930).
, 1921, RSA
, 1932, and an FRSBS, 1938, he served as President
of Glasgow Art Club in 1924-25 and 1939.
Proudfoot married his assistant, Ivy Gardner, in 1955.
[Obit], 11 July, 1957.
- Glasgow Scrapbook [Sir William McEwan], no. 28, p. 67;
- Jaques (2001) [Grangemouth], p. 120;
- Houston Brown, The Bard Of Loch Fyne, The Scots Magazine, March, 1994, pp. 247-50;
- Evan MacColl Memorial Committee (souvenir brochure): Unveiling of Memorial Cairn, Saturday, 18 October 1930;