William Reid Dick (1878-1961) was one of a generation of British sculptors air-brushed out of art history by the Modernist critics of the late twentieth century. This long-overdue monograph adds to the recent revival of interest in this group of forgotten sculptors, by describing the life and work of arguably the leading figure of the group in unprecedented depth. The facts of Reid Dick's life and his most important works are presented against a backdrop of the historical, social and aesthetic changes taking place during his lifetime. Dennis Wardleworth elucidates why Reid Dick's reputation plummeted so quickly, and why his position in the history of British art deserves to be restored. This study draws upon a wealth of previously unpublished material, including over 2000 letters, and press cuttings and photographs in the Tate Archive, as well as letters and photographs held by Reid Dick's family. It traces the sculptor's story from his birth in the Gorbals in Glasgow, to his election to the Royal Academy and knighting by George V, to the decline of his career and his late-life connection with American millionaire and art collector Huntington Hartford. The first monograph on Reid Dick since 1945, the book also includes images of over 40 of his works and a listing of over 200 works identified by the author.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)|
About the Author
Dennis Wardleworth is an independent scholar based in Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK. His PhD thesis was on the art and architecture commissioned by London-based multinational companies, 1918-1939.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; One of Britain’s lost sculptors; Glasgow; London - the early years; The Great War; The 1920s - the war memorials; The 1920s - portraits; The 1920s - architectural sculpture; The 1920s - the statuettes; The 1930s - sculptor to the King; The 1930s - monuments and portraits; The late 1930s - 16 Maida Vale, Epstein and Lady Godiva; The 1940s - war and decline; The final years; William Reid Dick’s legacy; Bibliography; Archives and other sources; Appendices; Index.