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 Worden G. Wood  (1880 - 1943)

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Lived/Active: United States      Known for: marine illustrator and painter

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Worden G. Wood (1880-1943)

He was an American marine painter and illustrator who was born in Brooklyn, and attended school at Trinity School and Columbia University.  At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he joined the US Naval Reserve and served aboard the Yankee clipper.  Subsequently, he also served under General John J. Pershing in the expedition against Pancho Villa.

In April 1917, he was assigned to the US Navy, and appears to have worked with the US Shipping Board (Emergency Fleet Corporation) in the development of camouflage for American merchant ships.  On July 31, 1918, he was assigned to the camouflage branch of the Delaware River District in Philadelphia, but (for unknown reasons) was reassigned back to New York just ten days later.

As an illustrator and art director, he worked for various book and newspaper publishers, including the MacMillan Company, the New York World, the New York Herald, and the Boston Herald (for which he wrote about yachting).  As a marine painter, he was frequently commissioned to make paintings of ocean liners and other ships by major shipping firms.

He was the grandson of USN Civil War Lieutenant John Lorimer Worden, who had commanded the ironclad USS Monitor in its battle with the Merrimac (the CSS Virginia) in 1862.  He was also the father of Coast Guard artist Hunter Wood.

Sources:
Worden Wood, Marine Artist, Illustrator Had Served on World Staff. New York Times, November 21, 1943, p. 56.
William Bell Clark on "Camouflage Painting on the Delaware" in Philadelphia in the World War 1914-1919. NY: Philadelphia War History Committee 1922 (pp. 318-322).

Submitted by Roy R. Behrens.

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Worden G. Wood, illustration artist and veteran of the Spanish-American and World Wars, died in 1943 at the age of sixty-three, at his home, 120 Haven Avenue. 

Mr. Wood attended Columbia University.  In 1898 he joined the United States Naval Reserve at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, serving on the "Yankee".  He took part later in the campaign following the Villa raid in 1916 on Columbus, N.M. under General John J. Pershing.  On April 7,1917, he became chief boatswain's mate in the United States Navy.

He was a marine illustrator for many firms, including the United States Lines, the French Line, the Macmillian Company, and the former United States Shipping Board. He formerly was on the staff of "The World" of New York: The "Boston Herald," and "The New York Herald."  He was a member of the 7th Regiment N.Y.N.G.

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Copy of the artist's 1943 obituary.  Submitted December 2004, by Victor E Beaudoin, owner of a painting by Wood of the U.S. Coast Cutter, "George W. Campbell." Beaudoin does not know the name of the newspaper that printed the obituary as it was inserted in an envelope attached to the painting.

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