Dicksee, Frank (1853-1928) by Scholes, Robert
Frank Dicksee (1853 – 1928) Born in London, he came from a painting family, and studied in the studio of his father, Thomas Francis Dicksee (1819-95), who painted portraits and historical genre scenes; he then entered the Royal Academy Schools, London, where he was granted a studentship in 1871. He began earning his living as an illustrator, but his success as a portrait painter enabled him to give up illustrating. He painted portraits of rich and fashionable people–and of their dogs, if requested. And he did typical Pre-Raphaelite scenes, especially those with an erotic element.