Daphne Todd(1947-), Painter
Artist of 5 portraits
Portrait painter Daphne Todd trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1964-71) and was the first woman to be appointed President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (1994-2000). In 2010 she won First Prize in the BP Portrait Award for Last Portrait of Mother, a devotional study of her mother on her death bed, having previously won second price in the John Player Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 1983. Todd has four further portraits in the National Portrait Gallery collection, of Sir Christopher Ondaatje, Spike Milligan, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover and Dame Janet Baker. In addition to portraits she paints landscapes, still lifes and figure studies.
Watch a film clip on the artist recorded for the Gallery in the Media section below
by Daphne Todd
oil on birch panel, 2001