Salisbury, Frank O. (1874-1962) by Scholes, Robert

Frank O. Salisbury (1874 – 1962) From the web pages of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society: Born in Harpenden, England in 1874, the son of a Methodist minister. His art studies began with the study of stained glass, a field in which his brother became an expert. He himself was later Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. Salisbury was so good in his studies that he won an examination to study at the Royal Academy, where he led his class. He was soon painting for churches and public buildings and by the First World Was had become an official painter of the battles and victories of Britain. He painted the Burial of the Unknown Warrior and by 1921 had painted King George V. So successful did he become that by the mid-1920’s he had painted panels for victory monuments in India and painting of the Royal Wedding of Princess Mary, royal baptisms, and the leaders of Britain. Allegorical and historical paintings were commissioned for Canada, the United States and other countries. He was a favorite painter of George V. In America he became a leading portrait painter, as the Society’s collection amply proves. Even when portrait commissions ebbed after the depression of the 1930’s, he was still in demand for portraits and heroic paintings. He was one of group of artists singled out by Anthony Ludovici in the April 10, 1913 issue of , as being unworthy to continue painting. Obviously, this did not stop him from having a rewarding career. His papers are at The John Rylands University Library. The New Age (NA 12.13:563)

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