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Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993), Sculptor and printmaker

Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink

Sitter in 18 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Frink entered Guildford School of Art in 1947 and studied at Chelsea School of Art (1949-53). She exhibited from the early 1950s and achieved popularity as a figurative sculptor, fascinated with naturalistic forms, particularly the 'sensuality and strength' of the male form. Frink taught sculpture at art schools including Chelsea, St Martin's and the Royal College, and moved to France in 1967 to explore abstract art but returned to live and work in Dorset in 1973. She became a Royal Academician in 1977 and was appointed a DBE in 1982. Her first major commission was for the Eagle lectern of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, and her last was for the Risen Christ for the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool in 1993.

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Sir John Pope-Hennessy

by Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink
bronze head with plastic spectacles, 1975
NPG 5406


Sir (John) Grahame Douglas Clark

by Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink
bronze head, 1980
NPG 6355


Sir Alec Guinness

by Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink
bronze bust, 1984
NPG 5721


Sir Peter Levin Shaffer

by Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink
pencil, 1984
NPG 6862


Solly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman

by Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink
bronze head, 1986
NPG 5874