Ivan Mestrovic

Dr Elsie Maud Inglis, 1864 - 1917. Physician and surgeon (1918)

About this artwork

Born in India, Inglis was one of the first women to study medicine in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Once qualified, she devoted herself to improving the medical treatment of women. She established a maternity hospital staffed entirely by women in Edinburgh in 1894. At the outbreak of the First World War she organised all-women ambulance units. In 1915 she went to Serbia where she set up three military hospitals. The Croatian sculptor Mestrovic made this bust of Inglis, whom he had never met, the year after she died of cancer on her return to Britain in 1917. It was then presented to the Scottish nation by the Serbian government in gratitude for Inglis's work in Serbia during the war.

Ivan Mestrovic

Ivan Mestrovic

Ivan Meštrovic was born in Vrpolje, in Croatia, the son of a mason and farmer. After serving an apprenticeship to a stone-cutter in Split, he studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. In 1902 he joined the Secession Group and in 1904 he visited Rodin, by whom he was much influenced, in Paris. By the time of the First World War, he had emerged as a major European sculptor - his work at the 1911 Rome Exposition caused a sensation and the Victoria and Albert Museum held an exhibition of his work in 1915. Between the wars he lived in Zagreb and Split, but he moved to the United States in 1947, becoming an American citizen in 1954.