Clifford Wight – an extraordinary life: a talk by Julian Baker

Central Library, Regents Circus, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 1QG
Tuesday 14 Apr 2015 – 7.15pm: 2nd Floor Reading Room
Tickets: £5 (£3 library members) available from all Swindon Libraries.

Born and raised in Swindon in the late 19th century Clifford Wight was to lead an extraordinary adventurous life: emigrating to Canada as a Mountie before fighting in WWI. On the move to California and Mexico in the 1920s Wight reinvented himself as a sculptor in the company of iconic artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo – becoming Rivera’s assistant to work on his revolutionary Frescos. During the 1930s Wight was hounded out of America for being a Communist and with the outbreak of WWII finds himself as a bomb disposal officer before becoming a secretary at the House of Commons. In 1961 Clifford Wight died in Barcelona in a tragic tram accident. Julian Baker is an independent researcher with family connections to Clifford Wight Clifford and Diego early 30's