ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMICIANS 1863
BRODIE, William (1815–1881), sculptor. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent, 4 sides, 8vo, no place, no date , acknowledging receipt of his correspondent’s note which came “in this Country or else it would have been answered sooner” hoping that “the inclosed will answer your purpose. Any further information you could obtain from D.O.Hill Esq RSA, Calton Stairs, Edinburgh”, which is followed by a list of 30 names headed “Names of Royal Scottish Academicians 1863”.
William Brodie was born in Banff, Scotland, the eldest of the three sons of John Brodie (1786/7–1865), a shipmaster and merchant seaman. He learned sculpting techniques through evening tuition at the mechanics' institute in Aberdeen modelling portrait medallions and went on to study in Edinburgh learning to model on a larger scale. From 1847, he exhibited annually at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), becoming a Royal Academician in 1859. In 1876, and until his death, he was appointed Secretary of the RSA.,
David Octavius Hill (1802–1870), the painter and photographer, was secretary of the Royal Scottish Academy from 1838 until his death in 1870.