William G. SIMMONDS b. 1876
Woodcarver, sculptor and painter, and maker of marionettes. Born 3 March 1876 at Pera, Istanbul, son of an architect. Studied under Walter Crane at the R.C.A. 1893–9 and at the R.A. Schools 1899–1904. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1903. Began to make sculpture in 1913, choosing domestic and farm animals for his subjects. Assisted Edwin Abbey with mural paintings for the Pennsylvanian State Capitol 1905–10. Mechanical draughtsman to Colonel R. E. Crampton on tank designs 1914–16 and to Captain de Haviland on aircraft design 1916–18. Moved to Gloucestershire 1919 and settled near Stroud 1927. Exhibited marionettes at the International Theatre Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1922. President of the Cheltenham Group of Artists 1950. Elected to the R.W.A. 1951.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II