Allan G. Wyon

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Pax Dolorosa, by Allan Gairdner Wyon, 1916, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
"New Birth", by Allan G. Wyon. 1931

Allan Gairdner Wyon FRBS RMS (1882 – 26 February 1962) was a British die-engraver and sculptor and, in later life, vicar in Newlyn, Cornwall.

Many of his works are memorials with a number located in British cathedrals.[1] Other, more decorative, works include the relief of a male figure representing the East Wind on the London Underground headquarters building at 55 Broadway above St James's Park Underground Station.[1]

Biography[edit]

Wyon was born in 1882, the son of Allan Wyon FSA (1843–1907) and Harriet Gairdner.[2] Wyon's father, two of his uncles, his grandfather and his great-grandfather successively held the position of Chief Engraver of Seals to the monarch.[2] William Wyon (1795-1851) was official chief engraver at the Royal Mint.

Wyon attended Highgate School and, like others in his family, studied sculpture in London from 1905 to 1909 at the Royal Academy.[3] From 1910 to 1911 he was an assistant sculptor to Hamo Thornycroft.[2] Between 1924 and 1930 he was Honorary Secretary of the Art Workers Guild. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and also worked as a die-engraver, but took Holy Orders in 1933. From 1936 until his retirement in 1955, he was vicar of St. Peter's, Newlyn.[1]

He married Eileen May Trench in 1910; they had one daughter.[1] He had three sisters, Olive, and two others. One an Anglican Deaconess and the other a Congregational minister. His brother was Guy Alfred Wyon, a pathologist.[2]

Works[edit]

Wyon exhibited a wide range of sculptures, busts medals and engravings at the Royal Academy. He designed commemorative and memorial medals for the Masons, the London Chamber of Commerce, and Lloyd's.[1]

Sculptured memorials in Salisbury Cathedral by Wyon include those to:[1]

Other memorials include those to:[1]

Other works:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituaries – The Rev. Allan Wyon". The Times. No. 55326. 27 February 1962. p. 15. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Attwood, Philip (2004). "Wyon family (per. c. 1760–1962), die-engravers and medallists". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/64499. Retrieved 4 June 2009. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Wyon, Allan Gairdner, L. Forrer, Biographical Dictionary of Medallists; Vol. VI, London, 1916, pp. 580-581.
  4. ^ Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.
  5. ^ Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. pp. 191–192.
  6. ^ Bronze half-length bas-relief portrait sculpture, circa 1931. In Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street Entrance Hall. Inscribed below: IN MEMORY OF JOSEPH WATSON FIRST BARON MANTON A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF THE INFIRMARY FROM 1906 TO 1922 A WISE COUNSELLOR AND GENEROUS BENEFACTOR. Signed bottom left of Lord Manton's robe: "Allan G Wyon". Unveiled Friday 11 December 1931 by his widow Claire, Lady Manton (Source: Yorkshire Post, 12 December 1931, p.14, which erroneously states by "W. Wyon", his famous relative the sculptor William Wyon, who died in 1851)
  7. ^ Commons category:Old Leeds School of Medicine, memorial to Guy Alfred Wyon
  8. ^ "The School Seal | London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | LSHTM". www.lshtm.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2015.