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 Robert Douglas Wild  (1918 - 1983)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: sculpture for dioramas, photography

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Robert Douglas Wild was born 1918 in Boston.  His mother was a self taught artist, and his father was a second generation German immigrant working, as his father had done, in lithography, platemaking, and camera work.  

Robert Wild also began taking photographs with his father.  After high school he entered Massachusetts School (now college) of Art, studying sculpture with Cyrus Dallin, and graduating in 1940.  He entered the Army in 1942,  serving  in the Signal Corps as a Photographer, returning to Newtonville, Massachusetts in 1946.

Wild worked for many years in Boston on Tavern Road for Cascieri & DiBiccari sculpture studio started by Frederick Allen.  He worked closely with Adio Di Biccari where he excelled at doing the finish work on all types of sculpture, and he worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts with diorama artists at the Theodore Pitman Studio.  He also continued his photography business doing commercial work as well as New England landscapes.

Another sideline was sculpting the small scale figures for museum dioramas, painstaking work that suited him well.  He expanded to create the entire diorama, and this became his full time self-employment in the mid ?sixties.  Many of these dioramas are in The Mariner's Museum, Norfork, Virginia as well as in The Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts and others.

Mr. Wild was responsible for much of the research that went into the dioramas, down to the minutest details.  Most notable of the work was Paul Revere?s Workshop (MOS), which was featured in the  'In the Museums' section of Antiques magazine, August, 1967, and The Ether Dome now at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Other works are in the collections at Ft. Raleigh National Historic site, Adirondack Museum, Blue Lake, N.Y.  A small portion of his photography collection is in the Archives of Radcliffe College.

Mr. Wild loved antique autos, was a trustee of the Massachusetts Transportation Museum, Member of the Boston Skating Club, The Covered Bridge Society and the Thoreau Society. 

He died in 1983. 

Submitted February 2007 by Ken Fowle, nephew of the artist

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