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Frank Griffith (1889-1979) - Early 20th Century Pen & Ink Drawing, Afternoon Nap



A delicate study of a sleeping woman, possibly the artist's wife. Artist's stamp and catalogue number to the reverse. Unsigned. On wove.


With some minor discolouration. Overall in good condition.


24.4 x 25.6cm (9.6" x 10.1")

Collection Information

Sulis Fine Art is proud to present a large collection of sketches and watercolours from the British artist Frank Griffith. A very large number of sketches come from the artist's studio sale, each work is stamped 'Atelier Frank Griffith' and most are individually stamped with a catalogue number.

The paintings and graphic work that Griffith made during the early 20th century eloquently capture the spirit and character of the London Art Scene. Griffith was known for his adventurous and varied approach to the application of paint and the use of colour, while remaining faithful to his figurative draughtsmanship.

Please note the copy of the exhibition catalogue, associated with the artist's retrospective at Southampton City Art Gallery is not included in your purchase. However we are happy to provide more details upon request.

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Artist Biography

Frank Griffith was a painter, born in North Wales, the son of a solicitor, and the eldest of three children, his family moved to Folkestone around 1895.

In 1907 he went to study in Paris, at the recommendation of family friend Theo van Rysselberge. Frank Griffith also attended La Palette and later at the Académie Ranson as the first pupil of Maurice Denis. In 1912-13 he returned to London and studied under Sickert until the outbreak of World War I. He applied for a commission in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in France, Egypt, Gallipoli and again in France where in late 191 he was captured and remained a POW untill the Armistice. With his French wife he lived for several years in France and in 1929 he relocated to England.

Frank Griffith exhibited at the Independent Gallery, London, 1921, with the LG on several occasions, the Goupil Gallery, Beaux Arts Gallery, London where he held a solo exhibition in 1934. He was member of the Bath Society of Artists. Examples of his work are in the collections of Southampton Art Gallery, Poole Museum Service and the Ashmolean, Oxford.

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Code pr816
Artist Frank Griffith (1889-1979)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 24.4 x 25.6cm
Medium Pen and Ink
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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