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Dr Philip Ward-Jackson

1943 -

He was born at Braunton (Devon) and as the son of an army officer, he was brought up in many different places in England and Wales and in Singapore.

He started drawing seriously while at Salisbury Cathedral Choir School. After leaving Shrewsbury School, he misspent two years at St Martin's School of Art, before taking a degree in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute.

His doctoral thesis on J.-K.Huysmans as an Art Critic was completed in 1970. After teaching at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art,Croydon College of Art, and briefly at Sussex University, he took charge of the sculpture section of the Conway Library at the Courtauld Institute. Most of his working life has been spent at the Courtauld, and whilst working there he acquired some skill as a photographer of sculpture. He also wrote exploratory articles on patronage and international relations in the world of 19th century sculpture.

Since 1999 he has been working on the London volumes of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association's National Recording Project. His Public Monuments of the City of London appeared in 2003, and he is near to completing a similar volume on commemorative and free-standing public sculpture in Westminster.

There have been few periods in his life when he did not draw. In the last few years he has moved tentatively.

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