Macdonald Frances Landscape with Flowering tree

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  • £350.00
  • €414 Euro
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Macdonald Frances Landscape with Flowering tree

Frances Macdonald. 1914-2002. Frame size. 42 x 60 cm. Frances Macdonald was born in 1914, the younger of two daughters of Francis Macdonald, a Martin's Bank manager in Wallasey, Cheshire, and his wife Jessie. Her sister Lesley later married Hellmuth Weissenborn and ran the Acorn Press, a private imprint of the post-war period.

Frances attended Wallasey Art School, 1930-34, under William Green and Gordon MacPherson, then the Royal College of Art, 1934-38, where she met Leonard Appelbee. Although she had entered the design school there, above all she wished to paint. Astutely, Gilbert Spencer sent her to Barnett Freedman's Friday still-life class for second-year students. After that, the Appelbees revered the memory of the eccentric East Ender:

His was the best kind of teaching – not how to paint but how to see – so practical, wise, humorous, genuine and helpful in explaining his criticism. "Let me lend you my eyes," he said, pointing out the colour values.

Macdonald's work for Recording Britain led to other commissions after the war. Her watercolours appeared in Londoner's England (1947), with notes by Alan Bott; she wrote a charmingly illustrated essay on Chelsea, where she and Appelbee lived, for Flower of Cities (1949), and she was commissioned by the London County Council to draw the South Bank before it was cleared for the 1951 Festival of Britain.


  • H: 38cm (14.96in)
  • W: 56cm (22.05in)



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