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Sculptor in the classical tradition of portraits, figure studies and public monuments. Born in Glasgow, he studied at the School of Art there until 1907, then at the City and Guilds School, Kennington. Showed at the RA from 1912, and was elected RA, 1928. He was president of the RBS, 1915. Knighted in 1935. Was King’s Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland, 1938–52, and Queen’s Sculptor from 1952. Also exhibited Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, IS, RSA, RSW, RI and Paris Salon. Reid Dick was an astute businessman who fulfilled many public commissions, whose work can achieve technical excellence with dignity and sensitivity. Among his notable works are heads of Sir Winston Churchill and King George VI; Dawn, in the Tate Gallery; the equestrian group Controlled Energy on Unilever House, London; Godiva, for the City of Coventry; the Kitchener Memorial Chapel, in St Paul’s Cathedral; and the statue of David Livingstone at Victoria Falls, in Africa.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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