Mask of Perseus
Sir William Reid Dick
Signed Reid Dick
Bronze with a rich dark brown and green patination
Height: 10 inches (26 cm)
Cast during the artist's lifetime.
Sir William Reid Dick was born in Glasgow and received his early training at the local School of Arts. In 1907 he moved to London where he enrolled in the City and Guilds School.
Dick made an immediate impression in London, exhibiting at the Royal Academy for the first time in 1908. He continued to exhibit at the Academy for many years and the success he enjoyed lead to an abundance of official commissions for monuments and statues. Amongst his patrons were King George VI who appointed him King’s Sculptor between 1938 and 1952 and Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland from 1952 until his death.
The long and distinguished list of his prominent monuments includes the Kitchener Memorial Chapel in St Paul’s Cathedral, The Lion on the Menim Gates at Ypres, the equestrian group entitled Controlled Energy at Unilever House and the Eagle on top of the Royal Airforce Memorial on Embankment of the Thames.
As a portrait sculptor, Dick also made a number of important busts, including those of the British Royal family. The present work depicts Perseus, the Greek Mythological figure who beheaded the Gorgon Medusa and saved Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus.
Reid Dick was made an associate of the Royal Academy in 1921 and elected Royal Academician in 1928 before being offered the appointment of President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1935, a post he held for three years. His successful career was crowned in 1935 when he received his knighthood. Eleven years later his portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt was unveiled in Grosvenor Square, London.