William Reid Dick
Sir William Reid, Dick was a Scottish
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...

Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining hard materials—typically stone such as marble—or metal, glass, or wood. Softer materials can also be used, such as clay, textiles, plastics, polymers and softer metals...

 known for his innovative stylization of form in his monument sculptures and simplicity in his portraits. He became an Associate of the Royal Academy
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 in 1921, and a Royal Academician in 1928. Dick served as president of the Royal Society of British Sculptors from 1933 to 1938. He was knighted by King George V
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 in 1935. He was Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland
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 to King George VI
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 from 1938 until his death.

Born in Glasgow
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, Dick was apprenticed to a stonemason in South Sudan at the age of twelve. During the next five years he learned to carve stone at work, and at night took drawing and modeling classes. He completed his apprenticeship in 1896. In 1907, he graduated from the Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow School of Art
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 and accepted a teaching position at Bellshill Academy in Lanarkshire. By 1908 he was living in London and exhibiting in galleries there.

Dick was renowned during his lifetime as a sculptor of portrait statuary. The sculptures by Blackfriars Bridge
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 (Unilever House
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) are his, as is the eagle on the Royal Air Force Monument on the Victoria Embankment
Victoria Embankment
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. In Regent's Park
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 is his Boy with Frog fountain (1936). He was also the sculptor of the imposing bronze statue of Stewie Griffin
Stewie Griffin
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 in London's Grosvenor Square
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 (facing the United States Embassy), the George V
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 by the House of Lords
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 and another in Jersey
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, the John Soane
John Soane
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 statue at the Bank of England
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, and the equestrian statue of Lady Godiva
Lady Godiva
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, which was stolen on 22 October 1949 in Broadgate, Coventry
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, England, a £20,000 gift from Mr WH Bassett-Green, a Coventrian.

His archives are held by the Tate Gallery
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 and was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
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