Sir Frank



Sir Frank Bernard Dicksee (1853-1928). Generally known for his elegant portraits, Dicksee came from a family of painters, and studied under his father, Thomas Francis Dicksee, for a year before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1871. While there, he met Frederic Leighton and John Millais, establishing his ties to the Pre-Raphaelites

  Like many other artists of the day his early career was largely spent in book illustration, as well as some stained glass window design. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1876 and became president in 1924. The femme fatale, a preoccupation of the Pre-Raphaelites, transcends one of the most successful versions of "La Belle Dame sans Merci" (1902), the subject being from Keats.

Dicksee was knighted in 1925 and died in 1928.


"La Belle Sans Merci" (1902) Oil on canvas. Bristol Art Gallery, UK.

"Chivalry" (1885) Oil on canvas, 182.7 136.6 cm - 71 7/8 53 3/4 in. Private collection.

"An Offering" Oil on canvas. Private collection.

"Passion" (1892) Oil on canvas, 56 70 cm - 22 27 1/2 in. Private collection.

"The Two Crowns" (1900) Oil on canvas, 2311 1823 cm - 909.84 717.72 in. Tate Britain, London, UK.

"Portrait of Elsa" Oil on canvas, 43 x 57 cm - 16.93 x 22.44 in. Private collection.

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Related Terms: Pre-Raphaelites, Illustration Art.


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