Elisabeth Frink

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1930 Born November 14 in Thurlow, Suffolk


Attends Convent of the Holy Family, Exmouth

Studies at Guildford School of Art



Studies at Chelsea School of Art under Bernard Meadows and Willi Soukop

First major exhibition at Beaux Arts Gallery

Exhibits with London Group

Tate Gallery purchases Bird


1953-61 Teaches at Chelsea School of Art



Wins prize in competition for Monument to the unknown political prisoner

Arts Council purchases Bird



Teaches at St Martin’s School of Art, London


1955 First solo exhibition at St George’s Gallery, London

Marries Michel Jammet



First major public commission from Harlow New town (Boar)

Com mission for Bethnal Green housing scheme, Blind beggar and dog

Contemporary Arts Society purchases Wild Boar

Joins Waddington Galleries

Com mission for London County Council (Birdman)

Birth of her son Lin Jammet



Commission for fa ç ade of Carlton Tower, London

Felton Bequest purchases Birdman (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne)

Commission for Coventry Cathedral (Eagle lectern)

Commission for Manchester Airport (Alcock and Brown memorial)

Commission for Ulster Bank, Belfast, Flying figures

Divorces Michel Jammet

Eagle installed as J F Kennedy memorial, Dallas, Texas

Com mission for Our Lady of the Wayside, Solihull (Risen Christ)

Marries Edward Pool


1965-67 Visiting Instructor, Royal College of Art, London



Commission for Liverpool Cathedral (Alter cross)

Moves to France

Illustrates Aesop’s Fables, published by Alistair McAlpine and Leslie Waddington

Awarded CBE



Elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts

First shows in Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Illustrates Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, published by Leslie Waddington

Separates from Edward Pool and returns to England

Illustrates Homer’s Odyssey, published by The Folio Society

Com mission for de Beers, trophy for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Com mission for Dover Street, London (Horse and Rider)

Marries Alexander Csáky



Commission for Paternoster Square, London (Paternoster)

Illustrates Homer’s Illiad, published by The Folio Society

Elected to board of trustees, British Museum



Appointment to the Royal Fine Art commission

Moves to Dorset

Elected Royal Academician

Awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Surrey

Com mission for Milton Keynes (Horse)



Commission for Goodwood Racecourse (Horse)

Appointed Trustee, Welsh Sculpture Trust

Awarded DBE

Com mission for Brixton Estates, Dunstables (Flying Men)

Awarded Doctorate by Royal College of Art

Com mission for All Saints Church, Basingstoke (Christ)

Illustrates Kenneth McLeish’s Children of the Gods, published by Longman

Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Open University

Awarded Doctorate of Literature by University of Warwick


1984 Solo Exhibitions:

St Margaret’s Church, King’s Lynn, Norfolk; University of Surrey, Guildford Group Exhibitions: British Artists’ Books 1970-1983, Atlantis Gallery, London; Drawings, School of Art, Guildford, Surrey; Man and Horse, Metropolitan Museum, New York


1985 Solo Exhibitions:

Royal Academy of Arts, London; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Waddington Graphics, London


1986 Solo Exhibitions:

Beaux Arts, Bath; Poole Arts Centre, Poole, Dorset; David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney; Read Stremmel, San Antonio, Texas. Group Exhibitions: Menagerie, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, Wakefield; Barbican Centre, London; Chicago Art Fair


1987 Solo Exhibitions:

Beaux Arts, Bath; Coventry Cathedral, Warwickshire; Chesil Gallery, Portland, Dorset (graphics); Arun Art Centre, Arundel, Sussex; Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Group Exhibitions: Abbot Hall, Cumbria; Royal College of Art, London; Albemarle Gallery, London; Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh; Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London; Salisbury Ecclesiastical Festival, Wiltshire; Thomas Agnew, London; Self Portrait, Art Site, Bath, Avon (touring)


1988 Awards:

Honorary Doctorate, University of Cambridge; Honorary Doctorate, University of Exeter. Solo Exhibitions: Keele University, Staffordshire; Ayling Porteous Gallery, Chester, Cheshire (graphics). Group Exhibitions: Expo ’88, Brisbane; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire; Angela Flowers Gallery, London.


1989 Awards:

Honorary Doctorate, University of Oxford; Honorary Doctorate, University of Keele; Retires from the board of Trustees of the British Museum. Solo Exhibitions; Hong Kong Festival; Fischer Fine Art, London; Lumley Cazalet, London (prints); New Grafton Gallery, London (drawings). Group Exhibitions: President’s Choice, Royal Academy and the Arts Club, London; Sacred in Art, Long and Ryle, London; The National Rose Society, Lincolnshire; Grape Lane Gallery, York; Tribute to Turner, Thomas Agnew, London


1990 Award:

Honorary Doctorate, University of Manchester. Solo Exhibitions: The National Museum for Woman in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Compass Gallery, Glasgow


1991 Award:

Honorary Doctorate, University of Bristol. Solo Exhibitions; Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans; Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York; Chesil Gallery, Portland, Dorset; Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Group Exhibition: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London


1992 Award: Companion of Honour


1993 Dies 18 April


Exhibitions since 1993:

Memorial Exhibition, Beaux Arts, London

Beaux Arts London, solo exhibitions:

1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002

Elisabeth Frink, Memorial Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Goodwood Sculpture Park, Chichester

1997 Salisbury Festival Exhibition (with the Edwin Young Trust, Salisbury and Dorset County Museum, Dorchester)

1997 Elisabeth Frink 1930-1993, Beaux Arts, London

1998 Kilkenny Festival Exhibition, Ireland

1998 Lumley Cazalet, London

Fifty Years of British Sculpture , Den Haag, Netherlands

Witley Court Sculpture Park Exhibition, Worcester

2000 Beaux Arts, London

2001 Elisabeth Frink, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham University

2002 Beaux Arts, London

Head On (Art with the brain in mind), The Science Museum, London (Wellcome Trust)

Elisabeth Frink, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Beaux Arts, London

2006 Beaux Arts, London

2009 Beaux Arts, London


1968 Gray, R., Frink, Bratby, Barnes, Jackson, East Kent and Folkestone Arts Centre

1972 Mullins, E., The Art of Elisabeth Frink, Lund Humphries, London

1984 Elisabeth Frink, Sculpture, Catalogue Raisone é , Harpvale Press, Wiltshire

1985 Elisabeth Frink: Sculpture and Drawings 1952-1984 (catalogue), curated by Sarah Kent, Royal Academy of Arts, London

1989 Cameron, N., and Frink, E., Elisabeth Frink: Recent Sculptures and Drawings (catalogue), Fischer Fine Art, London

1990 Elisabeth Frink: Sculpture and Drawings 1950-1990 (catalogue), The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

1994 Elisabeth Frink (catalogue), introduction by Peter Murray; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

1994 Lucie-Smith, E., and Frink, E., Frink, a Portrait, Bloomsbury

1994 Sculpture and Drawings 1965-1993 (catalogue), preface by Edward Lucie-Smith, Lumley Cazalet, London

1994 Lucie-Smith, E., Elisabeth Frink: Sculpture since 1984 and Drawings, Art Books International

1997 Elisabeth Frink 1930-1993 (catalogue), foreword by Edward Lucie-Smith, Beaux Arts, London

1997 Elisabeth Frink: Sculpture and Drawings 1966-1993 (catalogue), Lumley Cazalet, London

1997 Elisabeth Frink – A certain unexpectedness – Sculpture, Graphics and Textiles (catalogue), foreword by Canon Jeremy Davies; ‘Elisabeth Frink’ by Edward Lucie-Smith, ‘A certain unexpectedness’ by Annette Downing; ‘Man and the Animal World’ by John Hubbard, Salisbury Festival with the Edwin Young Trust, Wiltshire County Council and Dorset County Museum

Gardiner, S., Frink, The official biography of Elisabeth Frink, Harper Collins

Wiseman, C., Original Prints, Catalogue Raisonné, Art Books International

2002 Elisabeth Frink, Sculptures and Drawings (catalogue), foreword by Edward Lucie-Smith,

Beaux Arts, London

2004 Elisabeth Frink (catalogue), foreword by Elspeth Moncrieff, Beaux Arts, London

2006 Elisabeth Frink (catalogue), foreword by Brian Phelan, Beaux Arts, London

2009 Elisabeth Frink (catalogue), essay by Germaine Greer, Beaux Arts, London

Public purchases since 1993
1997 Dying King, 1963. Torso, 1958. Goggle Head 1968. Riace I (Walking Man) 1987, Tate Collection


Public Collections
Great Britain
Arts Council, London

Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport

Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery

Bolton Museum and Art Gallery

British Museum, London

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

East Haydock Branch Library, St. Helens

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Ipswich Museums and Galleries

Leicestershire Museums

Middlesbrough Art Gallery

Oldham Art Gallery

Portsmouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Royal Academy of Arts, London

Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, London

Salford Art Gallery

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury

Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Sheffield City Art Galleries

Sutton Manor Arts Centre, Winchester

Tate Gallery, London

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester

United States of America
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Chrysler Museum, Provincetown

Joseph Hirshhorn Collection, Washington

Museum of Modern Art, New York


Brisbane Art Gallery

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


South Africa
South African National Gallery, Cape Town


Public Places
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Royal Opera House, London

Warwick University

Grosvenor Square , London

Outside WHSmith headquarters, Swindon, Wiltshire

K & B Plaza, New Orleans, USA

Dorchester Hospital, Dorset

King’s College, Cambridge

Exchange Square , Hong Kong

Bristol Museum

The Montague Shopping Centre, Worthing

Royal College of Physicians, London

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

West façade, Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool