A RECLINING FIGURE BY FREDERICK EDWARD MCWILLIAM
This Reclining Figure by Frederick Edward McWilliam (1909-92) was relocated from the the quadrangle at the David Keir building to the main Quadrangle at the Lanyon Building Queen’s University in 2013 and it took me five years to find any information relating to this interesting bronze sculpture.
Frederick Edward McWilliam CBE RA (30 April 1909 – 13 May 1992), was a Northern Irish surrealist sculptor, born in Banbridge, County Down. He worked chiefly in stone, wood and bronze.
Commissions included the Four Seasons Group for the Festival of Britain exhibition in 1951. McWilliam exhibited at Waddington Galleries, London, and had a major retrospective show at the Tate Gallery in 1989.
In 1964 he was awarded an Honorary D.Litt. from the Queen’s University Belfast. In 1966 he was awarded a C.B.E. and in 1971 he won the Oireachtas Gold Medal. McWilliam is represented in many public collections, including MOMA (New York) and Tate Britain.
The Queens University estate comprises more than 250 buildings, 98 of which are listed. The Lanyon Building, which opened in 1849 and is named after its architect Sir Charles Lanyon, is the centrepiece of the estate.