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William Thomas Wood VPRWS ROI NS (1877-1958)


William Thomas Wood, VPRWS ROI NS (1877-1958)

A painter in both oil and watercolour, William Thomas Wood became particularly well known for atmospheric landscapes of Sussex, as well as flower still lifes. During the First World War, he served on the Balkan Front, both in the Royal Flying Corps and as an Official War Artist. He returned to images of aerial warfare in the Second World War, during which he served in the Home Guard.

William Thomas Wood was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, the son of the builder, Thomas Wood, and his wife, Middlesex-born, Annie (née Tighe). In
Who Was Who, he listed his birth date as 17 June 1877; however, his birth was registered in the third quarter of 1878.

By 1891, the Wood family was living at Nos 1, 2 and 3 Green Man Cottages, Heath Lane, Putney, and Thomas was running his building and decorating business from the premises. William was the eldest of five siblings, with three brothers and a sister.

Wood studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art, in London, and then in Italy.

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