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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir George James Frampton (1860-1928), Sculptor and craftsman

Sculptor and craftsman, father of Meredith Frampton; born 18 June 1860, in London. Trained at South London Art School, Royal Academy Schools 1881–7 and in Paris 1888–90 following success at RA, where he exhibited 1887–1927; elected ARA 1894, RA 1902; close friend of Arthur Hacker; knighted 1908; Master, Art Workers Guild 1902; President, Society of British Sculptors 1911–12; died 21 May 1928, in London.

From the 1890s Frampton was influenced both by Arts and Crafts principles and by European Symbolists, with whom he exhibited in Venice, Brussels and Vienna. His work is notable for polychromy and mixed materials, though he also executed traditional sculptures in bronze and stone, including Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1912) and Edith Cavell (1920), together with many memorial busts.

In 1895, an interviewer remarked that ‘his quiet power and restrained force impress you with the fact that here is a born leader – one who by tact and absence of fads will do much to make the decorative renascence of England a memorable period of her art’.[1]

Dr Jan Marsh

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1) ‘E.B.S’ 1896, p.213.

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Borenius 2004b
Borenius, T., ‘Frampton, Sir George James (1860–1928)’, rev. A. Jezzard, ODNB, Oxford, 2004; online ed., October 2007.

Brighton 1984
Beauty’s Awakening: The Centenary Exhibition of the Art Workers’ Guild, exh. cat., Brighton Museum, 1984.

Carter 1901
Carter, A.C.R., ‘Two Great Photographic Exhibitions: The Photographic Salon’, Photograms of the Year 1901, London, 1901, pp.87–126.

E.B.S. 1896
E.B.S., ‘Afternoons in Studios: A Chat with Mr George Frampton A.R.A’, The Studio, vol.6, January 1896, pp.204–12.

Furniss [publ.c.1913–16]
Furniss, H., Garrick Gallery Caricatures, privately printed, London, n.d. [c.1913–16].

Hart-Davis 1972
Hart-Davis, R., A Catalogue of the Caricatures of Max Beerbohm, London, 1972.

Knox 1959
Knox, E.V., ‘Frampton, Sir George (1860–1928)’, DNB, Oxford, 1959.

London 1907–9
Prominent Men of London, Shaftesbury Press, London, 1907–9.

Massé 1935
Massé, H.J.L.J., The Art-Workers’ Guild 1884–1934, Oxford, 1935.

Miller 1897
Miller, F., ‘George Frampton, A.R.A, Art Worker’, Art Journal, 1897, pp.321–4.

Morphet 1982
Morphet, R., Meredith Frampton, exh. cat., Tate Gallery, London, 1982.

Rosenblum, Stevens & Dumas 2000
Rosenblum, R., M. Stevens and A. Dumas, 1900: Art at the Crossroads, exh. cat., Guggenheim Museum, New York and Royal Academy, London, 2000.

Strang 1912
William Strang: Catalogue of His Etched Works 1882–1912, 2 vols, Glasgow, 1912.

Strang 1962
Strang, D., William Strang RA LlD: Catalogue of his Etchings and Engravings, Glasgow, 1962 [incorporating all previous catalogues].

Swanson 1990
Swanson, V.G., The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1990.