John Tweed was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 21 January 1869. Following the death of his father, in 1885, he left school to run in his family's publishing firm. At the same time, he studied part-time at Glasgow School of Art. In 1890 he sold the business and moved to London. Between 1891 and 1893 he assisted the sculptor Hamo Thornycroft (1850-1925) in carving friezes for the Institute of Chartered Accountants' building in Moorgate, London. Encouraged by Thornybroft, Tweed also continued his studies at South London Technical Art School in Lambeth, and at the Royal Academy Schools in London. In 1893 he went to Paris and briefly attended the École des Beaux-Arts where he was trained by Alexandre Falguière (1831-1900). On his return to London he embarked on a full-time career as a sculptor and over the next decade worked on commissions in South Africa.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet)

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