The Company’s collection of paintings are mainly portraits of Masters Cutler and of men associated with Sheffield’s history. This is a portrait of Sir William Wood, by Dennis Fildes.
William was born in 1878, his mother came from the Bassett family (of Liquorice Allsorts fame). He began his career in a Sunderland marine engineering works. He was Master Cutler in 1924 and, at the outbreak of the Second World War, he was elected to serve again, from 1940-45.
His grandfather founded the Wardsend Steel Company in 1860 and William held a controlling interest, going on to become a director of Darwin’s Steel and Andrews Toledo Ltd. He was knighted in 1959 and died in 1963.