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Frank Watson Wood (1862 - 1953)

Painter and teacher, especially noted for marine subjects, born in Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. Studied art at South Kensington Schools and Academie Julian, Paris. Taught as second master at Newcastle School of Art, 1883-9, then as head of Hawick School of Art, 1889-99. Much of Wood's work was done in the North East of England where he lived and in Edinburgh. He became a professional artist after his time at Hawick. He moved to Portsmouth to further his interest in marine subjects and received a number of commissions from naval officers. The royal family also acquired a number of his paintings. Exhibited at Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Academy.