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Lynn Chadwick
25th November 1914-25th April 2003
'It seems to me that art must be the manifestation of some vital force coming from the dark, caught by the imagination and translated by the artist's ability and skill...Whatever the final shape the force behind it is indivisible. When we philosophise upon this force we lose sight of it.  The intellect alone is still too clumsy to grasp it.'
Lynn Chadwick - 1953
Time-Line 1926-2003


Attended Merchant Taylors School, London.

Trained as a draughtsman in various architectural firms.

During the war, worked as a farm labourer before volunteering for the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy.

Qualified as a pilot in Canada.

Met and married his first wife Ann Secord and fathered a son, Simon in 1942.

Piloted Swordflish, escorting and protecting convoys in the North Atlantic.

After the war, resumed work with the architect Rodney Thomas in London.

Lynn Chadwick, fleet Air arm, Royal Navy -1942



Moved out of London, to Fisher's cottage, Stroud, Gloucestershire. 

First mobile shown at the Builder's Trades

Exhibition, developed from ideas of moving sculptural objects proposed by Rodney Thomas.

Moved to Pinswell Cottage, Gloucestershire.

In his studio with Cypress 1954 in the background. 

First solo exhibition at Gipel Fils Gallery

Commissioned by Jane Drew to make a mobile for the Riverside restaurant, Tower  and Misha Black for a Stabile, Cypress to be placed in the garden of the Regatta Restaurant, both on the South Bank site for the Festival of Britain '51.

In his studio, Fisher's Cottage, Gloucestershire.

Exhibited Green Finger at Battersea Park Open-Air Sculpture exhibition.

The Fisheater commissioned by the Arts Council shown at RBA Galleries.

Second one-man exhibition at Gipel Fils also shown at Galerie de France, Paris.

Included in 'New Aspects of British Sculpture' for the XXVI Biennale, Venice.  Semi-finalist for the International Sculpture Competition organised by the ICA with The Unknown Political Prisoner.

Standing next to Inner Eye 1955


Won the International Prize for Sculpture at the XXVIII Biennale, Venice.

First Lithograph published by Bodensee-Verlag, Amriswil, Switzerland.

Elected member of Wiener Secession, Vienna.

Commissioned by the Air League of the British Empire Memorial Committee to commemorate the double crossing of the Atlantic by the airship R34 in 1919.  Model and full scale sculpture of Stranger III accepted for London Airport site but it faced furious opposition and the proposal was withdrawn.

At the XXIX Venice Biennale 1958
(left to right) Beth McWilliam, S.W. Hayter, Frances and Lynn Chadwick, Sir Philip Hendy, Kenneth Armitage, Lilian Somerville, F.E. McWilliam and (in front) William and Mary Scott

Won first prize, III Concorso Internazionale del Brontezzo, Padua.

Divorced first wife, Anne.

Bought Lypiatt Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Married Frances Jamieson: daughters Sarah and Sophie.

Signed a two year contract with Marlborough Fine Art, London.

Exhibited hors concours at VI Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

With his daughters, Sophie and Sarah, 1963

Prize winner at VII Eposizione di Bianco e Nero, Lugano.

Artist in residence for a term at Ontario College of Art, Toronto.

Exhibited Two Winged Figures at the Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, on the

recommendation of Museo d'Arte Moderna, Rome.

Received Carborundum Company's Sculpture Major and Minor Awards to produce circular sculpture in fibreglass, Manchester Sun for the  University of Manchester, life sciences building.

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With his son, Daniel 1965

1964 appointed Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Years honours.

Death of Frances Chadwick.

Represented in London Group 11914-1964 Jubilee Exhibition.

Elected member of the Academia di San Luca Rome.

Elected member of the Accademia Florentina Delle Arti del Disegno, Florence.

Married Eva Reiner: one son, Daniel-1965.  

Eva Chadwick became widely recognised for her astute management of Chadwick's estate and archives.

With Two Dancing Figures, Lypiatt Park 1970


Received Honorary Membership, Masters of Fine Art International Association, New York.

Environmental sculpture for Milan Esposizione Triennale.

Made Jewellery with Rebecca John.  

Premio Indelebile, El Circulo de Bellas Artes de Lerida, Spain.

Lynn Chadwick in his studio at Lypiatt Park

Opened his own foundry at Lypiatt Park.

Elected Knight of Mark Twain, Kirkwood, MO.

Elected as Master of Fine Arts International, Hamberg

Commissioned by the British Art Medal Society to design a medal, Diamond, struck by the pobjoy mint for the BAMS

Created Officer, Odre des Arts st des Lettres, France.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with Lynn and Eva Chadwick


Acquired a large warehouse in Chalford, near Lypiatt Park and equipped it as a workshop and sculpture store.

Claude and Rungwe Kingdom acquire the adjacent building for their foundry Pangolin Editions.

Chairman of Jury, sculpture project for new Glaxo Building, Verona.

Invited by the Director of XLIII Venice Biennale to contribute bronze Back to Venice, in special international sculpture survey.

Appointed to the Order of Andres Bello-First Class, Venezuela.

Grinding the stolit surface of a working model at his Chalford studio.

Inauguration of Hello Paris! at Le Pontant de Paris.

Begins to place sculptures in Toadsmore valley adjoining Lypiatt Park.

Appoints Rungwe Kingdom of Pangolin Editions to cast all his work.

Created Commandeur, Odre des Arts et des Lettres, France.

Elected Associate, Academie Royal de Belgique, Belguim.

Created Honorary Fellow, Cheltenham and Gloucester Collage of higher Education, Cheltenham.

Beneath the Watchers 1965, Lynn Chadwick sculpture park.


Chadwick's final work, Ace of Diamonds III  is placed in the Sculpture Park dedicated to his work, at Lypiatt Park, Gloucestershire.


Awarded Honorary Fellow, Bath Spa University Collage, Bath.

Awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

Awarded the Degree of Doctor or Letters, Loughborough University.

On the 25th of April 2003 Lynn Chadwick died at his home Lypiatt Park, Gloucestershire.

Awarded The Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts.

At Lypiatt Park 1998 
behind: Sitting Couple 1970, to the right,  The Fish Eater  1954 

Ace of Diamonds III - 1996

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