William Wood

Mr Alexander of the Haymarket

About this artwork

William Wood

William Wood

Born in Suffolk, William Wood entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1785, and exhibited his miniatures at the Academy from 1788-1807. After studying and imitating the fashionable miniatures painted by Richard Cosway, he enjoyed a successful and prolific career in London. His ledger book survives and lists the 1211 miniatures he painted from 1790-1807, averaging nearly sixty works a year. It also provides important information regarding his painting techniques, which included his willingness to change coiffures and military uniforms on request.