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CodeDS/UK/41
Dates1892-1961
Person NameReid Dick; Sir; William (1892-1961); sculptor and stonemason
SurnameReid Dick
ForenamesWilliam
PreTitleSir
Epithetsculptor and stonemason
SourceThe information on Sir William Reid Dick RA HRSA KCVO has been used with permission kindly granted by Ann Compton from the following source: 'Sir William Reid Dick RA, HRSA, KCVO', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib6_1205923927, accessed 11 Apr 2017]
Biographical NoteSir William Reid Dick RA HRSA KCVO was a Scottish sculptor, who carried out work for the Imperial War Graves Commission on some of its Memorials to the Missing after the First World War.

He was born in Glasgow in 1878 and was the son of Francis Dick, an engine fitter. He was apprenticed to the firm of stonemasons, Scott and Rae, in 1891 at the age of twelve and worked on carvings for Kelvingrove Art Gallery under the supervision of George Frampton in the following year. After attending evening classes in drawing at the Glasgow School of Art, William then studied modelling under Johan Keller (former assistant of Francis Derwent Wood). He took a short stint in teaching at Bell's Hill Academy but moved to London within a year, where he continuied his studies in sculpting at South London Technical School.

Achieving recognition, Reid Dick became an associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1915. He served in France and Palestine during the First World War and continued to develop his career further through designing numerous war memorials and a major commission for the Kitchener Memorial in St Paul's Cathedral, London.

Reid Dick's work for the Commission was the sculptural work on the Menin Gate and Arras Memorials to the Missing, which were unveiled on 24th July 1927 and 31st July 1932 respectively.

Reid Dick also worked within numerous committees, including the Royal Fine Art Commission (1928-42), the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (1936-53), and the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery (1934-41). He also held the position of President of the Royal Society of British Scultors between 1933-1937 and he received a knighthood in 1935. Sir William Reid Dick was made King's Sculptor-in-Ordinary in 1938 and the Queen's Sculptor in 1952.

He died in 1961.
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