Memorable Manitobans: Marguerite Judd Taylor (1886-1964)
Born at Paris, France in 1886, she studied with French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle and came to Winnipeg in 1904 after marrying Hilliard Taylor (1869-1954), an English Canadian from Winnipeg. She later moved to London, England to be near her husband during the First World War. After the war, she returned to Winnipeg permanently, making several trips to Europe over the years as the two had no children which made traveling easier. Among her Winnipeg commissions was a bust of Victoria Cross-winner Alan McLeod. She won a nation-wide competition for the Next of Kin memorial in which she depicted a common soldier, as opposed to most war memorials at the time that represented generals. She kept a small studio on Langside Street for many years. She died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 8 April 1964 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
Some of her sculpting works in Manitoba included:
“Marguerite Taylor: Sculptor of ‘Canada’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 1963, page 17.
“Memorial creator dies’,”Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1964.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1964, page 28.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
Page revised: 25 July 2023