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David Wynne OBE (25 May 1926 – 4 September 2014)[1] was a British sculptor of figures, animals and portraits.

Born in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, son of Commander Charles Edward Wynne and Millicent (née Beyts), he was educated at Stowe School[2] and then served in the Royal Navy during World War II and read Zoology at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking up sculpture professionally in 1950. He married Gillian Grant, daughter of the writer Joan Grant, in 1959 and had two sons, Edward and Roland, who formed psychedelic rock band Ozric Tentacles.[3]

He did a bronze sculpture of The Beatles in 1964 and subsequently introduced them to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.[4]

He was awarded the OBE in 1994.[5]


Teamwork (1958)
Cresta Rider (1985)

Wynne's sculptures include:

Portraits include:

Girl with a dolphin (1973)


  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays", The Guardian, p. 58, 24 May 2014 
  2. ^ "Stowe House 1". Antiques Roadshow. Series 35. Episode 13. 2013-02-22. BBC. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  3. ^ Wynne, David (26 June 2010). "My bizarre life with the Beatles, by sculptor who immortalised good, great and even gorillas". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "David Wynne obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "David Wynne OBE (1926–2014)". 

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