MARGARET ETHEL MACDONALD

Location: Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London
Artist: Richard Reginald Goulden

This is a warm-hearted tribute to Margaret Ethel MacDonald (1870-1911) who was a British feminist, social reformer, and wife of Labour politician Ramsay MacDonald from 1896 until her death from blood poisoning in 1911.

The bronze statue was unveiled on 19 December 1914, sculpted by Richard Reginald Goulden to Ramsay’s design. It depicts MacDonald herself in kneeling posture, extending her arms lovingly around a row of playful little children. Sculptor Goulden wanted to honour her naivety, simplicity and unselfishness over a granite alcove seat in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, where the memorial resides.