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Frank Arnold Wright (1874–1961)

Sculptor born at Rotherhithe, south London. He studied at the RA 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 RA, 1903–35, showing 28 works, a mixture of ideal works and portraits. He was a member of the RBS from 1906 (ARBS 1923–36, FRBS 1936–42, and honorary member 1942–61).

Sources: Brock, F., Thomas Brock: forgotten sculptor of the Victoria memorial (ed. J. Sankey), Bloomington, Indiana, 2012; Mapping SculptureRoyal Academy of Arts website.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022