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Elisabeth Frink

(1930-1993), Sculptor and printmaker

Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink

Sitter in 19 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Frink studied at Guildford School of Art (1947) and Chelsea School of Art (1949-53), exhibiting from the early 1950s. She achieved popularity as a figurative sculptor and member of the post-war group known as the 'Geometry of Fear' school. She was fascinated with naturalistic forms, particularly the 'sensuality and strength' of the male form. She taught sculpture at Chelsea, St Martin's and the Royal College, and moved to France from 1967 to 1973 to explore abstract art. 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 for the Risen Christ for the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool in 1993.

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Sir John Pope-Hennessy, by Elisabeth Frink - NPG 5406

Sir John Pope-Hennessy

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

Sir (John) Grahame Douglas Clark, by Elisabeth Frink - NPG 6355

Sir (John) Grahame Douglas Clark

by Elisabeth Frink
bronze head, 1980
NPG 6355

Sir Alec Guinness, by Elisabeth Frink - NPG 5721

Sir Alec Guinness

by Elisabeth Frink
bronze bust, 1984
NPG 5721

Sir Peter Levin Shaffer, by Elisabeth Frink - NPG 6862

Sir Peter Levin Shaffer

by Elisabeth Frink
pencil, 1984
NPG 6862

Solly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman, by Elisabeth Frink - NPG 5874

Solly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman

by Elisabeth Frink
bronze head, 1986
NPG 5874

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