Frank Archer

Frank Joseph Archer (1912-1995)

A painter and etcher, Archer was born in Walthamstow, East London, and brought up there during the First World War. The family later moved to Eastbourne, where he attended Eastbourne School of Art from 1928-32, Brighton School of Art, and then the Royal College of Art where he won the coveted Rome Scholarship in 1938.

His studies in Italy were cut short by the outbreak of war, and he moved into teaching, eventually joining the staff of Kingston College of Art under another distinguished painter-etcher, Wilfred Fairclough; he eventually took over from Fairclough as head of Fine Art. He joined the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers in 1940, and in 1972 became first an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society and later a Fellow. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and at the RWS and a major retrospective of his work was held at the the Bankside Gallery in 1992.

Italy remained a constant source of inspiration throughout his life, as was his passionate interest in music. He counted Yehudi Mehuhin amongst his friends and knew many distinguished musicians, many of whom feature in his art.

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