Meredith Frampton was born in London on March 17, 1894, the only son of the noted establishment sculptor Sir George Frampton and the artist Christabel Cockerell. He was educated at St John’s Wood Art School and the at the Royal Academy Schools. Frampton became one of the most sought after portraitists of the inter-war years, but was a painfully slow worker and unsurprisingly, his output was small, but significant.
|Portrait of a Young Woman, 1935, Tate
|A Game of Patience, 1937
Due to failing eyesight, Frampton retired from the active exercise of his profession in 1953 and fell into obscurity, but his 1982 Tate retrospective somewhat revived his reputation. He wrote of his own work: "I think my principal aim has always been to paint the sort of picture that I would like to own and live with had it been painted by someone else." Frampton died on September 16, 1984.
Frampton's work at the Tate