The subject of this work, Marguerite Kelsey, was professional artist model. Her dress and shoes were chosen by Frampton and the style is deliberately modern. The simple pale dress, low heeled shoes and straight hair were elements of the 1920’s ‘garçonne’ style, developed by designers Chanel and Patou. However, despite the modern dress, the simplicity of her outfit conveys a classical Grecian touch.
Date of work
Meredith Frampton was born in in 1894 in St John’s Wood, the only son of the sculptor George Frampton and painter Christabel Cockerell. He studied at the Royal Academy from 1913 before joining the army during the First World War. After the war he resumed his artistic career, painting highly real portraits and still life, many of which had a slightly surreal touch. His artistic career was cut short as in 1953 he retired due to his failing eyesight.