Saturday, February 11, 2017
Stanley L. Wood
It may be that Stanley James Wood moved regularly as he left a trail of creditors behind him. He was taken to court in August 1860 and, on 26 February 1861, he was judged bankrupt over his business in Millwall. On 1 October 1861, he was granted a Certificate of the second class, which was issued when the bankrupt may have brought about his misfortune by carelessness or recklessness, but not by dishonesty.
Further financial problems led Wood and his then partner, John Evered Poole, to give up their estate and effects for the benefit of creditors in July 1869, and Wood was again summoned before the bankruptcy court in September 1870. Bankruptcy does not seem to have phased Stanley James Wood as, at the time of the 1871 census, he and his family were living at Bolton Place, Maindee, and had three general servants.
Wood become a prolific illustrator of newspapers and magazines, including Black and White, Boy’s Own Paper, Cassell’s Magazine, Chums, The Graphic, The Harmsworth Magazine, The Idler, The London Magazine, The Pall Mall Magazine, Pearson’s Magazine, The Penny Magazine, The Sporting and Dramatic News, The Strand Magazine, Wide World Magazine, The Windsor Magazine and Young England. As a painter he also exhibited at the Royal Academy.
He was especially known for his western art and was sent in 1888 to South Dakota by The Illustrated London News, where he was able to gain an authentic view of the wild west which he infused into his illustrations. His work was widely appreciated and Jeff Dykes, in Fifty Great Western Illustrators, said that "No better horse artist ever lived than Stanley L. Wood – there is more action in a Stanley Wood illustration than in the story itself."
Wood was reputedly a fine all-round athlete, indulging in swimming, boxing and horse riding. He travelled widely.
Wood married Mary Elizabeth Jenkins, the daughter of George Simpson Jenkins (a tailor) in Fulham on 21 February 1899. They had three children: Stanley Montague, Henry Lawrence and Jack Steward.
Wood, of 23 Windsor Road, Palmers Green, Middlesex, died at his home on Thursday, 1 March 1928, aged 61. He had been ill for some weeks and, although he could not raise himself from his bed unaided, insisted that he continue working on his final illustration – for a ‘Kettle’ story – with his wife and son supporting him.
For such a major artist, he left little in the way of rewards, leaving his widow of legacy of only £114 15s.
Ten Little Sausages, illus. Stanley L. Wood. London, 1915.
The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, a new edition revised by the Rev. G. F. Townsend. London & New York, F. Warne & Co., 1887.
A Waif of the Plains, by Bret Harte. London, Chatto & Windus, 1890.
A Ward of the Golden Gate, by Bret Harte. London, Chatto & Windus, 1890.
Rujub, the Juggler, by G. A. Henty. London, Chatto & Windus, 1893.
The Curse of Clement Waynflete. A tale of two wars, by Bernard Mitford. London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1894.
In Strange Company. A story of Chili and the southern seas, by Guy Boothby. London & New York, Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1894.
The King’s Assegaie. A Matabili story, by Bertram Mitford. London, Chatto & Windus, 1894.
A Protégée of Jack Hamlin's, by Bret Harte, illus. William Small, A. S. Boyd, Stanley Wood, etc. London, Chatto & Windus, 1894.
Romance of the Old Seraglio, by H. N. Crellin. London, Chatto & Windus, 1894.
Lady Turpin, by Henry Herman. London, 1895.
Doctor Nikola, by Guy Boothby. London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1896.
The Beautiful White Devil, by Guy Boothby. London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1896?
Paris at Bay. A story of the siege and the Commune, by Herbert Hayens. London, Blackie & Son, 1897.
The Phantom Stockman, by Guy Boothby. Elgin & Dunfermline, Phono Co. (Photo Novelettes 1), 1897.
The Lust of Hate, by Guy Boothby. London & Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co., 1898.
Brave Men of Action, by S. J. Mackenna & J. A. O’Shea. London, Chatto & Windus, 1899.
Further Advetnures of Captain Kettle, by C. J. Cutcliffe-Hyne. London, C. A. Pearson, 1899.
How Soldiers Fight, by F. Norreys Connell, illus. R. Caton Woodville, Stanley L. Wood, W. H. Overend, etc. London, James Bowden, 1899.
1779: A story of old Shoreham, by Frederick Harrison. London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1899; New York, E. & J. B. Young & Co., 1899.
With Shield and Assegai. A tale of the Zulu war, by Capt. F. S. Brereton. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 1899.
No Surrender. A tale of the rising of La Vendée. London, Blackie & Son, 1900 .
In the King’s Service. A tale of Cromwell’s invasion of Ireland, by Capt. F. S. Brereton. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 1901 .
The Survivor, by E. Phillips Oppenheim. London, Ward, Lock, 1901.
Contraband; or, A Losing Hazard, by G. J. Whyte-Melvill. London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1902.
Tilbury Nogo, by G. J. Whyte-Melville. London, Ward, Lock & Co., 1902.
Rob Roy MacGregor. Highland chief and outlaw, by Gordon Stables. London, E. Nister, 1902.
One of the Fighting Scouts. A tale of guerrilla warfare in South Africa, by Capt. F. S. Brereton. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 1903 .
A Soldier of Japan. A tale of the Russo-Japanese war, by F. S. Brereton. London, Blackie, 1906.
Roughriders of the Pampas. A tale of ranch life in South America. London, Blackie & Son, 1909 .
The Disputed V.C. A tale of the Indian Mutiny, by Frederick P. Gibbon. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 1909.
Jumped by Convicts. A tale of plantation life in British Guiana, by Joy Merivale. London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1919.
Under the Serpent’s Fang. A tale of adventure in New Guinea in the last century, by J. Claverdon Wood. London, “Boy’s Own Paper” Office, 1924.
(* Many more illustrations by Wood can be found at this Pinterest board.)