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26 May 2021

Anne Acheson (1882-1962) first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1913, when her sculpture The Pixie was accepted. Over the next four decades, thirty of her sculptures were featured in twenty-two exhibitions at the Academy. Her work included statuettes, portrait heads, and garden figurines; her early works were sculpted from wood, her later sculptures were largely done in metal, stone or concrete. But, as a reader of the Post wrote to us yesterday, although she was an excellent sculptress we remember and honour her  nowadays for being: 'the inventor of the plaster cast and thus for the healing of every broken bone around the world... during the First World War she realised that plaster of Paris could be moulded exactly to fit a broken bone and hold it in place while it healed.' There was a television documentary about her work helping the wounded (alas currently unavailable, why?). Here is an informative piece about her work.

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