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Meredith Frampton

Meredith Frampton
Born (1894-03-17)17 March 1894
St John's Wood, London
Died 16 September 1984(1984-09-16) (aged 90)
Mere, Wiltshire
Nationality British
Known for Portrait painting

George Vernon Meredith Frampton RA (17 March 1894 – 16 September 1984) was a British painter and etcher, successful as a portraitist in the 1920s. His artistic career was short and his output limited because his eyesight began to fail in the 1950s, but his work is on display at the National Portrait Gallery,[1] Tate Gallery[2] and Imperial War Museum.


  • Life and work 1
  • External links 2
  • References 3

Life and work

Sir Ernest Gowers, KCB, KBE, Senior Regional Commissioner for London, Lt Col AJ Child, OBE, MC, Director of Operations and Intelligence, and KAL Parker Deputy Chief Administrative Officer in the London Regional Civil Defence Control Room (1943) (Art.IWM ART LD2905)

Frampton was born in the Christabel Cockerell. Frampton was educated at Westminster School and after some months learning to speak French in Geneva he enrolled ar the St John's Wood School of Art.[3] He went on to attend the Royal Academy Schools between 1912 and 1915, where he won both a first prize and a silver medal. During the First World War, Frampton served in the British Army on the Western Front with a field survey unit and also worked on the interpretation of aerial photographs.[4]

After the war Frampton resumed his artistic career and established himself as among the most highly regarded of British painters during the period. Between 1920 and 1945 he exhibited at the Royal Academy nearly every year, showing a total of thirty-two paintings there.[5] In 1925 he was elected a member of the

  1. ^ "National Portrait Gallery - Person - Meredith Frampton". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Artist Biography; Meredith Frampton". Tate. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ David Buckman (1998). Artists in Britain Since 1945 Vol 1, A to L. Art Dictionaries Ltd.  
  4. ^ a b HCG Matthew & Brian Harrison (Editors) (2004). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Vol 20 (Flattisbury-Freston). Oxford University Press.  
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  6. ^ Imperial War Museum. "Gowers, Parker and Child by Meredith Frampton". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  7. ^  
  8. ^ Imperial War Museum. "War artists archive, Meredith Frampton".  


  • Paintings by Meredith Frampton at the BBC Your Paintings site
  • May 2011 Entry on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Blogspot Page
  • March 2010 Entry on Art Inconnu
  • National Portrait Gallery Collection

External links

[4] In 1953 Frampton requested that the Royal Academy place him on the their list of retired members. A slight deterioration in his eyesight had convinced Frampton that he could no longer paint to his previous high standard and meticulous detail. With his wife he moved to a hilltop house in

During World War Two, Frampton received two commissions from the War Artists' Advisory Committee. One was intended for the Admiralty but a suitable subject was not found and the painting was not realized. Frampton's other WAAC commission was for a portrait of Sir Ernest Gowers which became a triple portrait of Gowers and his colleagues in their underground control room in Kensington.[8]

[7]. Frampton had several of the objects in the painting, and the model's dress, made specially for the painting. Frampton's technique utilised smooth surfaces of colour without visible brushstrokes that resulted in an effect of almost photographic realism.Tate which Frampton showed at the Royal Academy in 1935 and which was purchased for the Portrait of A Young Women Most of his paintings were commissions but a notable exception was [6]

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