About the artist

William Thomas Wood was born in Ipswich, Suffolk in 1877. He received his formal art education at the Regent Street Polytechnic and in Italy. In 1900, at the age of 23, he exhibited his first work, called Summer Heat, at the Royal Academy. From then on he exhibited more than 55 works at the Royal Academy. He is recognized primarily as a landscape and flower painter. Wood lived in London for most of his life. His work was very popular during his lifetime. He was elected an Associate to the Royal Watercolor Society (R.W.S.) in 1913 and became a full member in 1918. In that year he also was appointed the British official war artist for the Balkans and in 1920 he was hired to illustrate the Salonika Front. He served as Vice President of the R.W.S. from 1923 to 1926 and became a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1927. Wood died in 1958, in London.