Wood, Francis Derwent (1871-1926) by Scholes, Robert

Francis Derwent Wood (1871 – 1926) He was born in Keswick, Cumbria, and educated abroad. He returned to England in 1887, working as a modeller in potteries and foundries, combined with studying sculpture, first under Lanteri at South Kensington, then at the Slade as an assistant to Legros. He then worked for Thomas Brock, and attended the Royal Academy Schools (from 1894). Three years or so later, he took up a position at Glasgow School of Art. After the First World War, he became Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy. In 1918 Ezra Pound, writing as B. H. Dias, called him “the best sculptor in England after Epstein” . (NA 24.11:180)

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