The Joy of Motherhood, 1934

by Frank O. Salisbury


MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 29.1 x 29.1 inches / 73.9 x 73.9 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Frank O Salisbury 1934’ (lower right)


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    Twenty-five members of the Royal House of Windsor sat for Salisbury and he was the first artist to paint HM Queen Elizabeth II.

    This painting is inscribed verso:

    ‘The Joy of Motherhood’
    Painted and presented by Frank O. Salisbury
    To Queen Mary’s Maternity Home 1935

    Private Collection, UK

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    Francis (Frank) Owen Salisbury was an English artist who specialised in portraits, painted on large canvases, stained glass and book illustration. At the height of his career he was influential in both America and the United Kingdom and was known as “Britain’s Painter Laureate”

    It is for portraiture that he is best known. Twenty-five members of the Royal House of Windsor sat for Salisbury and he was the first artist to paint HM Queen Elizabeth II. He painted Winston Churchill on more occasions than any other artist; the two iconic images of Churchill – The Siren Suit and Blood, Sweat and Tears are both Salisbury images.

    Other significant portraits include those of Richard Burton, Sir Alan Cobham, Sir Robert Ludwig Mond, Maria Montessori, Montgomery of Alamein and Earl Mountbatten of Burma, amongst many others.

    Salisbury was remarkably successful in the USA, basing himself in Washington DC, Chicago and New York, where his portraiture would be a roll call of American wealth. He painted six Presidents, with his portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt still the official White House portrait to this day.

    Salisbury had seventy exhibits accepted for the annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, from 1899 until 1943.

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