Daphne Todd(1947-), Painter
Artist of 5 portraits
Todd trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1964-71) and was the first female 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 come second in the John Player Award in 1983. Todd has four other portraits in the Collection, of Sir Christopher Ondaatje, Spike Milligan, Lord Sainsbury and Dame Janet Baker. She also paints landscapes, still lifes and figure studies. Other prizes include first prize for the Hunting National Art Prize in 1984, and the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and the Gold Medal for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2001.
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by Daphne Todd
oil on birch panel, 2001