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Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler PRA PRBS (1892-1974)

Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler, PRA PRBS (1892-1974)

Though Charles Wheeler is well known as a sculptor of stylised – and stylish – human and animal figures, he also produced and exhibited striking landscapes and portraits in oil and watercolour.

Charles Wheeler was born in Church Lane, Codshall, Staffordshire on 14 March 1892, the second son of a freelance journalist. Educated in Wolverhampton, he began to study at Wolverhampton School of Art in 1908, and was inspired in his enthusiasm for sculpture by his teacher, Robert Emerson. In 1912, he won a national exhibition to the Royal College of Art, London, becoming one of the last students of Edward Lantéri. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1914.

Deemed unfit to fight in the First World War, Wheeler served on the home front, producing prostheses for amputees. Winning prizes for medal designs in 1917 and 1918, he used the proceeds to buy a studio at 2 Justice Walk, Chelsea.

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