John Tweed

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Blue plaque, 108 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London

John Tweed (21 January 1869 – 12 November 1933) was a Scottish sculptor.

Early life[edit]

John Tweed was born at 16 Great Portland Street, Glasgow, 21 January 1869, and studied there at the Glasgow School of Art.[1]

He then trained with Hamo Thornycroft in London, and attended the Royal Academy Schools at the same time.[2] Together, they created the frieze on the Institute of Chartered Accountants' building in London.[3] In 1893 he moved to Paris with the hope of studying with Auguste Rodin; this proved impossible as Rodin would only accept pupils who would spend four years under his supervision.[4]


The V&A call him the "British Rodin".[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1895, he married Edith Clinton, secretary to the National Society for Women's Suffrage, the first national group in the UK to campaign for women's right to vote.[3] Also in 1895, they moved into 108 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, and Tweed lived there until his death in 1933.[5]


The first major exhibition of Tweed's work since 1934 ran from March to September 2013 at the Sir John Madejski Art Gallery, Reading Museum, Reading, England.[6]


  1. ^ "John Tweed". Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "John Tweed: The 'British Rodin'". V&A. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "John Tweed". RBKC. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. ^ Stocker, Mark. "Tweed, John". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/36597.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ "Portrait of John Tweed". RBKC. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  6. ^ "John Tweed: The Empire Sculptor, Rodin's Friend". Reading Museum. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)