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Anthony Wood (artist)

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Anthony Wood


Anthony Wood, FSHA, FSSI[1] (born 1925 in Edgbaston, Birmingham) is one of the most widely recognised heraldic artists of the 20th century and masters of heraldry.[2]

Early life and career

In 1943, he graduated from Oundle High School. From 1943 to 1945 he continued his education at Birmingham College of Art—famous for being United Kingdom’s first municipal college of art.

After graduation he trained as a professional calligrapher, illuminator and heraldic artist. For some years he painted heraldry for various Officers at the College of Arms.

Later career

From 1965 to 1986 he taught the subjects at Ealing Art College and Wimbledon Schools of Art. In 1968, he founded a full-time three-year Diploma course in calligraphy, heraldry, and manuscript illumination at the Reigate School of Art and Design. For many years it was the only course that offered such a unique curriculum to students coming from all over the world to attend the school.[citation needed] Wood directed it as a Senior Lecturer for 19 years until 1987. He has been responsible for the training of many professional heraldic artists who achieved mastery in the profession. In August 1996, he attended the 22nd International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as an artist delegate by invitation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.[3] The Congress, for the first time held outside of Europe, was considered to be a "historic meeting" for scientists and artists pursuing Heraldry in Modern Times.[2]

Wood as highly esteemed artist and lecturer was invited to attend the 23rd International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Turin, Italy, in September 1998, where he gave a paper on Heraldic Art and Design.

Wood committed to teach his students a wide variety of techniques ranging from medieval to modern styles of calligraphy and illumination done mainly on calf and goatskin vellum, in gouache colours and precious metals, continued to work over the past half century to private commissions for clients from all over the world. His armorial art produced for the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the Craft and Merchant Guilds of the city of London, commissioned by local authorities, schools, universities, and private collectors executed to the highest standards is recognisable for the high complexity of composition, rich detail, and created almost 3-D visual effect .


Wood is a co-author of A European Armorial.[4]

The masterful samples of his art were included in The Art of Heraldry by Carl-Alexander von Volborth, published in 1987.[5]

A Dictionary of Heraldry (1987)[6]—edited by Stephan Friar and illustrated by Anthony Wood along with John Ferguson (artist), became highly recommended[citation needed] as complex introduction to heraldry. The Arms of the Lord Francis Lovel and The Arms of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers painted by Wood were reproduced distinctively on front and back covers of the volume.

He has written numerous articles on heraldic art and craft.[7]

He contributed an essay entitled "The Art of Heraldry" and a painting of John Brooke-Little’s coat of arms to the book Tribute to an Armourist, published in 2000 by The Heraldry Society in London, to commemorate Brooke-Little’s lifelong service.

In 1996, Wood published a book titled Heraldic Art and Design.[8]

Distinctions and other work

In 1995, Wood was made a Freeman of the City of London.

From 1980–1982 and from 1983–1984, he was Master of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers (longbow makers) of London, which is one of the Mediaeval Craft Guilds of the City.


  1. ^ "Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Heraldry Society". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b Boudreau, Claire; Vachon, Auguste; Cogné, Daniel (1996). Genealogica & Heraldica. Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Ottawa from August 18 to 23,1996. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. p. 512. ISBN 978-0-7766-0472-5. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  3. ^ Boudreau, Claire; Vachon, Auguste; Cogné, Daniel (1996). Genealogica & Heraldica. Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress of genealogical and Heraldic sciences in Ottawa from August 18 to 23, 1996. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. p. 512. ISBN 978-0-7766-0472-5. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  4. ^ Le Fevre, Jean; Pinches, Rosemary; Wood, Anthony (30 June 1971). A European Armorial: An Armorial of Knights of the Golden Fleece and 15th Century Europe – from a Contemporary Manuscript. Heraldry Today. p. 222. ISBN 978-0900455131.
  5. ^ von Volborth, Carl-Alexander (22 June 1987). The Art of Heraldry. Blandford Press. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-7137-1390-9.
  6. ^ Friar, Stephan (24 September 1987). A Dictionary of Heraldry. Harmony Books. pp. 384. ISBN 978-0-517-56665-7.
  7. ^ Wood, Anthony. "The Development of Heraldry as Art". The Heraldic Craftsman. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
  8. ^ Wood, Anthony (1 November 1996). Heraldic Art and Design. Shaw & Sons. ISBN 978-0-7219-1460-2.

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