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Frances MacDonald (1914 - 2002)

Frances MacDonald
(1914 - 2002)
      being a notable war artist during the second world war Art Work
Name: Frances MacDonald
Gender: Female
Place of Birth: Cheshire, England
Nationality: British
Birth: 1914
Death: 2002
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Known For: being a notable war artist during the second world war
Medium: Watercolor
Fine Art Profession(s): Painter

Frances MacDonald was one of the few women artists to be included in the exhibition National War Pictures held at the Royal Academy in 1945. She had been commissioned to contribute work by the War Artists Advisory Committee {who presented Building the Mulberry Harbour, London Docks to the Tate Collection). Like the great majority of women artists who worked for the committee, and unlike their male colleagues, MacDonald was not given an official salaried post as a war artist, but was paid to work on a few pieces over a short term. She painted one of the harbors used in the invasion of France in June 1944, and exhibited the painting now in the Tate Collection, along with studies of the London docks, at the Royal Academy exhibition, in addition to works titled Chelsea Old Church and Salvaging a Crashed German Aircraft.

MacDonald had studied at Wallasey School of Art, and at the Royal College of Art under William Rothenstein during the late 1930s. She painted landscapes, city scenes and portraits. She also taught at a number of art schools, focusing on disseminating the skills of good draughtsmanship. Her exhibitions included a solo show at Wildenstein's in 1947 and at the Alfred Brod Gallery in 1961, at which she exhibited paintings in oil and watercolor of London and a portrait of her husband, the painter Leonard Appelbee.

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