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Sir William Reid Dick

(1878-1961), Sculptor

Sitter in 31 portraits
Artist of 4 portraits
Celebrated for his monumental, stylised sculptures and portraits characterised by simplified form, Scottish-born Dick trained at the Glasgow School of Art and Lambeth Art School. From 1908, he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, becoming an Associate in 1921 and a Royal Academician in 1928. Notable commissions included the Kitchener memorial chapel in St Paul's Cathedral (1922-5) and bas-reliefs for the department store Selfridges, London (1928). He was President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (1933-8) and knighted by King George V in 1935. He was Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland to King George VI from 1938 until his death in 1961.

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Queen Mary, by Sir William Reid Dick - NPG 4164

Queen Mary

by Sir William Reid Dick
bronze bust, 1960, based on a work of 1938
NPG 4164

King George VI, by Sir William Reid Dick - NPG 4114

King George VI

by Sir William Reid Dick
bronze bust, 1959, based on a work of 1945
NPG 4114


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Grace Marion Dewar

26 December 2020, 14:58

During the 1920’s, Reid Dick was my mother's tutor. Her name was Ivy Ruth Young (Loope), and her sculpture of Sir Ebenezer Howard (founder of Welwyn Garden City) was completed under his tutelage.
Before she left England in 1930, he gave her a sculpture of his son. Titled ‘Dawn’, it’s approx. 5” high, signed and dated at its base - and still sits on the bookcase I inherited from her. [I have often wondered if this piece had been sought by any of Dick’s family or archivists, but until now have not known how to contact them.]
I have photos that document all of this.

Dennis Wardleworth.

16 January 2020, 14:12

He was born at 2.35am on 13 January 1878, not 1879 as shown on your website, at 151 South Wellington Street in the Gorbals. I have a photocopy of his birth certificate.

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