John Tweed: The 'British Rodin'
John Tweed (1869–1933) was born in Glasgow and trained in the London studio of Hamo Thornycroft, while also attending the Royal Academy Schools. In June 1893 he went to Paris in the hope of studying with Rodin, but he found the four-year commitment that Rodin demanded of his pupils more than he could undertake.
On returning to London, he became associated with Alfred Stevens and other exponents of the New Sculpture movement.
Later, he carried out a number of large-scale public commissions, including monuments for British leaders such as Sir Robert Clive and Earl Kitchener.
Over the years he maintained his friendship and admiration for Rodin, and championed his work in Britain. He was largely responsible for negotiating the loan of Rodin's sculptures to the V&A in 1914, and shortly afterwards the gift.
On Rodin's death in 1917, it was Tweed who loyally organised a memorial service at St Margaret's, Westminster, for admirers who were not able to travel to Meudon for his funeral on account of the war.