Francis Derwent Wood [also known as Frank Derwent Wood, and as F. Derwent Wood ] was born in Keswick, Cumberland, England, on 15 October 1871 and in 1880 moved with his family first to to Switzerland and then, in 1885, to Germany. After studying for two years at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Karlsruhe he returned to England in July 1887. He settled in Shoropshire. He then worked as a modeller for the tile manufacturers Maw & Co. of Ironbridge, and for the Coalbrookdale foundry, before, in 1890, enrolling at the National Art Training School [now the Royal College of Art] in South Kensington where he was taught by Édouard Lantéri (1848-1917). In 1891 he was engaged as an assistant by Alphonse Legros (1837-1911) at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. In 1894 he entered the Royal Academy Schools in London. In 1895 he was awarded a Gold Medal and a travelling scholarship which provided funds to enable him to live and study in Paris for a year. During this period, he had a studio at 9 rue Falguière, Paris and exhibited at the Paris Salon. He also met and befriended Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet)

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