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Frank Arnold Wright (1874–1961)

Sculptor born at Rotherhithe, south London. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools, 1898–1903, winning the Landseer Scholarship in 1900. He was studio assistant to Thomas Brock and on the latter’s death in 1922 was entrusted with the completion of a number of the works his master had commenced, including the memorial to Joseph Lister, Portland Place, London, which bears Brock’s signature. In the case of two other commissions, however, the Queen’s University Belfast War Memorial, which Brock had taken no further than the small model, and the Memorial to Frederick Ducane Godman and Osbert Salvin, Natural History Museum, for which Brock had produced only the preliminary design, Wright himself signed the completed works. His own most prominent commission is the war memorial, 1922, at Lloyd’s Register, London. Wright was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy, 1903–35, showing 28 works, a mixture of ideal subjects and portraits. He was a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors from 1906 (Associate 1923–36, Fellow 1936–42, and Honorary Member 1942–61).

Bibliography: F. Brock, Thomas Brock: forgotten sculptor of the Victoria memorial (ed. J. Sankey), Bloomington, Indiana, 2012; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 144–46; Mapping SculptureRoyal Academy of Arts website.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022