WOOD, William Thomas

1877 - 1958

William Thomas Wood was born at Ipswich on 17 June 1877, eldest son of Thomas Wood (1853-1910), a builder, and his wife Annie née Tighe, who married at Ipswich in 1877. About 1882 the family moved to London and in 1891, 12-year-old William was living at 1-3 Green Man Cottages, Heath Lane, Putney with his parents, 37-year-old Thomas, born in Suffolk and 36-year-old Annie, born at Kensington, with siblings Thomas S. 11, born at Ipswich, Archibald 8, Robert Sidney 6 and newly born Anne Alberta, all born in London. William studied art at the Regent Street Polytechnic and in Italy and in 1901, a 22-year-old 'artist' lodging at 38 Mornington Road, St Pancras, London. William married at Wandsworth, London in 1909, 20-year-old artist Camille Bernice Knowles (23 August 1888-7 August 1964) and their daughter Elsie was born the following year when they were living at 35 Oakhill Court, Oakhill Road, Putney, they also had a son. During the First World War, Wood served as a corporal in the Royal Flying Corps, working as an observer of kite balloons in Macedonia, he was mentioned in despatches and in 1918 was official war artist in the Balkans and, due to his war experience, author A. J. Mann hired Wood in 1920 to illustrate 'The Salonika Front'. William was a landscape and flower painter in oil and watercolour noted for his atmospheric landscapes of Sussex, elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1913 and a full member in 1918 and was a vice-president 1923-1926, also a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1927 and of the National Society of Painters, Sculptors. He exhibited more than 55 works at the Royal Academy 19001947, his first work in 1900 from Putney Heath and his last in 1947. A prolific exhibitor including at Chenil and Goupil Gallery and Walker Art Gallery, also having a series of solo shows at Leicester Galleries. A member of the Arts Club and Chelsea Arts Club and in 1939, an artist, living at 61 Glebe Place, Chelsea, London with his wife Camille and their son William Davidson Tighe Wood (7 October 1911-27 August 1978), an army officer. William Thomas Wood died at 61 Glebe Place, Chelsea on 2 June 1958, aged 80. He signed his watercolours 'Wiliam T. Wood' and flowers 'Wood'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Putney Heath, Southwest London
1900 808 Summer Heat
from 44 Lillie Road, West Brompton, Southwest London
1903 785 Autumn
from Studio, 29a Oxford Road, Putney, Southwest London
1904 80 Waiting
1905 275 Pigshoot Ford, Hampshire
1908 763 Moonrise
from 35 Oakhill Court, East Putney
1913 720 Venus
1915 187 Top of the Morning
from 61 Glebe Place, Chelsea
1917 39 London 1915: From the Tower of the National Liberal Club
1918 35 The Thames from Richmond Hill
1920 315 A Still Evening
1921 7 Fantasy
1922 204 Beech Trees: Moonrise
1923 564 A Sparkling Morn
         726 Shadows and Showers, Sussex
         770 Evening, Sussex
1924 829 Winter
1925 99 February Flowers
         239 Evening in Sussex
1926 543 Storm and Shadow over Sussex
         646 Poole Harbour from Corfe, Dorset - watercolour
         701 Corfe Castle - watercolour
1927 213 Fruit and Flowers
         292 Moonrise
         882 Sunrise: Heybridge, Essex - watercolour
1928 48 Drooping Roses
         331 Winter at Burpham, Sussex
         768 Sunrise and Showers - watercolour
1930 43 A Medley of Summer Flowers
         121 Snow Shadows
         767 Winter Evening - watercolour
1931 475 Fantasy
         808 Victorian Richman Hill - tempera
         870 Winter in Sussex - watercolour
1932 139 Collyer's Rickyard, Peppering, Sussex
1933 72 Cottage Garden Flowers
         394 The Chelm at Maldon, Essex
1934 323 Corfe Castle
         671 The Valley of the Arun
1941 161 London: September 1940
         645 Searchlights in Shropshire - watercolour
         675 Sussex Downs - watercolour
1942 125 Dover
         371 The Orwell towards Ipswich - watercolour
         473 Early in the Morning, Poole - watercolour
1943 158 Winter: Arundel Park, Sussex
         684 Winter - watercolour
1944 408 Essex Waterway
         585 April Weather
1945 280 Autumn, Sussex
         461 English Landscape
         809 A Shadowy Day - watercolour
1946 202 From Burpham to Arundel
         921 Burnham Overy, Norfolk - watercolour
1947 252 Sussex Landscape
         521 Morning Light




Works by This Artist