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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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Sir William Reid Dick, by Philippe Ledoux - NPG 4809

Sir William Reid Dick

by Philippe Ledoux
oil on canvas, exhibited 1934
NPG 4809

Sir William Reid Dick, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x167133

Sir William Reid Dick

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1930
NPG x167133

Sir William Reid Dick, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31140

Sir William Reid Dick

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1933
NPG x31140

Sir William Reid Dick, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31139

Sir William Reid Dick

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1933
NPG x31139

Sir William Reid Dick, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31136

Sir William Reid Dick

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1933
NPG x31136

Sir William Reid Dick, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31135

Sir William Reid Dick

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1933
NPG x31135

The Dick family, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31137

The Dick family

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1933
NPG x31137

The Dick family, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31138

The Dick family

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1933
NPG x31138

Sir William Reid Dick, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83664

Sir William Reid Dick

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 16 October 1935
NPG x83664

The Dick family, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83665

The Dick family

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 16 October 1935
NPG x83665

Sir William Reid Dick, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31141

Sir William Reid Dick

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 October 1935
NPG x31141

Sir William Reid Dick, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31142

Sir William Reid Dick

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 October 1935
NPG x31142

The Dick family, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31143

The Dick family

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 October 1935
NPG x31143

The Dick family, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x31144

The Dick family

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 16 October 1935
NPG x31144

Sir William Reid Dick, by Howard Coster - NPG x23994

Sir William Reid Dick

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23994

Sir William Reid Dick, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x167134

Sir William Reid Dick

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, June 1947
NPG x167134

Sir William Reid Dick, by Howard Coster - NPG x1810

Sir William Reid Dick

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x1810

Sir William Reid Dick, by Unknown photographer, issued by  Carreras Tobacco Company - NPG D49309

Sir William Reid Dick

by Unknown photographer, issued by Carreras Tobacco Company
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1935
NPG D49309

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Sir William Reid Dick

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23992

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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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