Charles Wheeler (sculptor)

Charles Wheeler (sculptor)
for others with the same name see Charles Wheeler
Bank of England facade, sculpture by Sir Charles Wheeler

Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler KCVO RA (1892-1974) was a British sculptor, and the first sculptor to hold the Presidency of the Royal Academy (from 1956 through 1966).

Wheeler was born in Staffordshire and raised in Wolverhampton. In 1912 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied under Edouard Lanteri. For World War I Wheeler was classified as unfit for active service and instead modeled artificial limbs for war amputees.

He came to specialize in portraits and architectural sculpture and in London there are examples of his work from the mid 1930s through the mid-1970s. He became RA in 1940 and PRA in 1956. In 1968 he wrote his autobiography High Relief.

Works include:


  • Public Sculpture of the City of London, by Philip Ward-Jackson

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Albert Richardson
President of the Royal Academy
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Monnington

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