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Lawson Wood RI (1878-1957)


Clarence Lawson Wood, RI (1878-1957)

Lawson Wood was an accomplished cartoonist, illustrator and poster designer. He gained great popularity with his humorous illustrations of animals, including dinosaurs and monkeys. The ginger ape, Gran’pop, proved a particular favourite on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lawson Wood was born at 66 Woodsome Road, Dartmouth Park, London, on 23 August 1878, into a notably artistic family. He was the eldest child of the landscapist, Lewis Pinhorn Wood, and his wife, Louisa (née Watson), and the grandson of the architectural painter and printmaker, Lewis John Wood. He grew up with his family at Burnside, Shere, near Guildford, Surrey, and later at 51 Homefield Road, Chiswick, and was privately educated.

Wood received lessons in art from his father before studying intermittently in London at the Slade School of Art, under Fred Brown and Henry Tonks, and then at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art.

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