WOOD, William Thomas

1877 - 1958

Cottage Garden Flowers

Born at Ipswich on 17 June 1877, son of Thomas Wood, a builder, and his wife Anne née Clarke, who married in London in 1871. In 1891, 12 year old William was living at 1-3 Green Man Cottages, Heath Lane, Putney with his parents, 37 year old Thomas and 36 year old Anne. He studied art at the Regent Street Polytechnic and in Italy and in 1901, a 22 year old 'artist' lodging at 38 Morington Road, St Pancras, London. He married at Wandsworth in 1909, 20 year old artist Camille Bernice Knowles (23 August 1888-1964) and their daughter Elsie was born the following year when they were living at 35 Oakhill Court, Oakhill Road, Putney, they also had a son. Official war artist in the Balkans during the First World War and largely as a result of his war experience, author A.J. Mann hired Wood in 1920 to illustrate 'The Salonika Front'. A painter noted for his atmospheric landscapes of Sussex, elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolor Society in 1913 and a full member in 1918 and where he was a vice-president 1923-1926, also a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1927 and of the National Society of Painters, Sculptors. During 19001947 he exhibited more than 55 works at the Royal Academy including 'February Flowers' (1925), 'Corfe Castle' (1926), 'Snow Shadows' (1930), 'Cottage Garden Flowers' (1933) and 'Morning Light' (1947) and was a prolific exhibitor including Chenil and Goupil Galleries and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, having a series of solo shows at Leicester Galleries. He was also a member of the Arts and Chelsea Arts Clubs. In 1939 an artist living at 61 Glebe Place, Chelsea, London with his wife Camille and their son William D. J. (born 7 October 1911), an army officer. William Thomas Wood died at Chelsea on 2 June 1958, aged 80.





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