Artist biography

F. Derwent WOOD 1871–1926

Figure and monumental sculptor; draughtsman and painter. Born 15 October 1871 in Keswick; his father was an American. Educated in Switzerland; began his studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Karlsruhe, under Otto Weltring and Professor Götz. Returned to England 1887 and worked as modeller for potteries and foundries. Studied at the R.C.A. 1889 under Lantéri and won a scholarship; was assistant to Legros at the Slade School 1890–2; entered the R.A. Schools 1894, gained distinctions and became assistant to Sir Thomas Brock; went to Paris 1896 and exhibited at the Salon 1897. Designed many figures for public buildings in Glasgow while he was modelling master at the Glasgow School of Art 1897–1901. Returned to London 1901 and produced a large number of portrait busts, statues and war memorials, including the figures of General Wolfe at Westerham, and Chatham in the House of Lords. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1895; A.R.A. 1910, R.A. 1920. Served in the R.A.M.C. in the 1914–18 war and was in charge of making masks for plastic surgery at Wandsworth Hospital. Professor of Sculpture at the R.C.A. 1918–23. Made drawings, watercolours and a few oil paintings. Died 19 February 1926 in London. Memorial exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries and the R.A. 1927.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II