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By Gary Nisbet
Sir William Reid

Glasgow born sculptor of figures, portraits and public monuments. He lived for most of his career in London, becoming Sculptor in Ordinary to King George VI.

He served his apprenticeship as a stonecarver in Glasgow, in the firm of architectural sculptors, James Young , and worked on several buildings ornamented by them in the late 1890s.

The most important of these was Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where he worked on the heraldic reliefs and other carvings on the building's north and south facades, under the guidance of J H Mackinnon .

At Kelvingrove he became aquainted with the work of Sir George Frampton , whose models he carved from, and whose work eventually persuaded Dick to become a sculptor and to move to London.

He studied at GSA , 1906-7, and left immediately for London, where he completed his training at the City and Guilds Schools, and began exhibiting at the RA , in 1908.

He is noted for his architectural and public work in the city and others in England, working for major architects such as Edwin Lutiens, J L Simpson, Sir Reginald Blomfield and J J Burnet .


Works in our Database:
1: Kelvingrove Park (West End),
Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum - Decorative Carving - Exterior
Scottish Counties and Artists' Names (1892-1902)
Carvers: WR Dick, JH Mackinnon, W Shirreffs (north façade); JC Young (south façade); W Vickers (east and west façades); Architects: JW Simpson & EJ Milner Allen
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