St. Mary’s The Vaults Pub, Watercolor
Wilfred Rene Wood
The Vaults Pub
Watercolor on paper
sight 8⅞ by11 ¾
frame 16½ by19 ¼ inches
signed lower right Wilfred R. Wood ‘37
written on the back: “The Vaults” An English Pub operated by Mr. and Mrs. Victor P___ in Stamford Lincolnshire. Spent much time here through World War II. Stuart Jones, Ed Krish
The painting has light scratches on the surface likely from a previously broken glass. This is not all that noticeable unless viewed up close. The stained oak frame has minor wear.
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Wilfrid René Wood (1 December 1888 – 18 February 1976) was a British engraver and watercolourist. He painted urban landscapes of British towns such as Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Wilfrid Wood was born in Cheadle Hulme in south Manchester. His mother was an artist and his father a cutler and surgical instrument maker. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, leaving at 16. He then studied art at Manchester School of Art, and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
During the First World War he enlisted in the Artists' Rifles and was commissioned in the Machine Gun Corps, serving in France & Flanders and Italy; he continued to sketch during his war service. He lived in Hampstead, London from 1920 to 1937 and in 1926 he created a series of posters for the London Underground. On 3 March 1937 he married Margary Joan Beeby Kingsford (1883 - 1974), known as Joan, at the church of St Martin in the Fields, London. They settled in the village of Barnack, near Stamford, in 1937 where he lived until his death.
Wood's contributions to his community are remembered in the Wilfrid Wood Gallery at the Stamford Arts Centre and the Wilfrid Wood Hall (the village hall) at Barnack.