Sculptor, medallist, teacher and painter, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, named after the World War I leader General Douglas Haig. Douglas’s education was hindered by childhood tuberculosis, and he said that he “left school at 11”. His mother entered him successfully for many drawing competitions; his interest in sculpture was aroused after he joined Sheffield School of Art aged 14; and after six years there a scholarship took him to the Royal College of Art. He studied under Richard Garbe, 1938–40, and, after Army service, with Frank Dobson, 1946–7, the Royal College having been evacuated to Ambleside. Wain-Hobson won a sculpture Silver Medal in 1946, in 1947 a Rome Scholarship. He and his wife Joan, whom he had met at the Royal College, returned to England in 1950 after three years in Italy, and he joined the College staff.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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