Thank you to David Agnew of Ayrshire for sharing the following insight into William Hole’s work:
“I have attached a sketch by William Hole from 1910 which has been in my family’s possession since that time. My great-grandfather, John Stewart of Largs, Ayrshire was the initiator of a campaign to erect a ‘Battle of Largs’ memorial. Having seen some of Holes’s work in Edinburgh, he commissioned Hole to sketch Alexander III looking out onto the Firth of Clyde and here it is. It was to be cast in bronze and as such, proved to be too expensive a project; thus a round tower known as ‘The Pencil’ was built in 1912.”
The sketch is entitled: Sketch Design for a Statue of K. Alexander III to be erected on the Site of the Battle of Largs. It is dated April 1910.