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Frank Jameson ARWA St Ives Portrait of His Daughter Daphne
  • Frank Jameson ARWA St Ives Portrait of His Daughter Daphne
  • Frank Jameson ARWA St Ives Portrait of His Daughter Daphne
  • Frank Jameson ARWA St Ives Portrait of His Daughter Daphne
  • Frank Jameson ARWA St Ives Portrait of His Daughter Daphne
  • Frank Jameson ARWA St Ives Portrait of His Daughter Daphne

Frank Jameson ARWA St Ives Portrait of His Daughter Daphne

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A highly significant portrait of the Artist’s daughter Daphne, likely painted around 1953, when the sitter would have been about fourteen.

It is a charming portrait, particularly as she is visibly embarrassed at the idea of sitting for her own painting. It comes at an interesting period in British Social History as well, just as the notion of the teenager was becoming established. In previous times a child would have become an adult, with no intervening period.

Jameson painted his daughter on multiple occasions, a smaller study of a younger Daphne appeared at Christie’s on 22nd April 2008. Whilst another painting in the Falmouth Art Gallery, is almost certainly related to this portrait. Dated to 1953 and entitled “A Quiet Read”, it shows the artist’s daughter at the same age, wearing the same red cardigan. She is seated by the window, with views of the bay and inlets around Falmouth. A pendant to that painting, of the same title, depicts the artist’s wife. The composition is identical, though the views of the sea are concealed by a drawn curtain.

Frank Jameson (1898-1968) was born in London. Little is known of his early years, though he moved to Birmingham as a young adult, possibly to pursue his interest in painting. He attended evening classes at the Birmingham School of Art, whilst selling insurance policies by day. With the outbreak of the First War, Jameson became an officer in the Worcestershire Regiment. Settling in Redditch in 1918, his first experiences of Cornwall came in his camping tours of Southern England. He would later move there: first to Newlyn, where he studied at the Forbes School of Painting in 1926; and later to St. Ives, where he took a studio in an old sail loft. He later became a member of the St Ives Society of Artists, exhibiting frequently from 1939 to 1951. Two of his paintings were shown at the Royal Academy in the previous year and he would continue to exhibit in various places until the early 1950s. His work featured in the Festival of Britain, during its travelling exhibitions in Bristol and Plymouth.

According to the Index of Cornish Artists, “His work was frequently exhibited with John Anthony Park, Arthur Hayward, and Dorothea Sharp, all of whose work have a shared resonance. Frank met his wife, Joyce, on his travels, marrying shortly before World War II in Penzance Registry Office. During a prolonged painting visit in Ireland, their daughter Daphne, was born. By 1946 he had moved to 42 High Street, Falmouth, with a studio overlooking the River Fal. A major studio collection of his work was sold in Penzance in 1994 (WH Lane & Son).”

The painting is housed in a substantial painted wooden frame and is signed in the bottom right corner.

Size of Frame: 99 x 84 x 6 cm (39 x 33 x 2 inches)
Size of Canvas: 79.5 x 64.5 cm (31 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches)
Weight: 7.1kg

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