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MARY FEDDEN – THE CAKE SHOP (1971)

Mary Fedden (1915-2012)

The Cake Shop

Original pencil drawing

Signed and dated

1971

Paper size: 48 x 69 cms

Framed: 81 x 102 cms

In perfect condition



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Mary Fedden, OBE (14 August 1915 – 22 June 2012) was a British artist.

Sometimes mistakenly described as the daughter of Roy Fedden (who was in fact her uncle, as was Romilly Fedden), Mary Fedden was born in Bristol where she attended the city’s Badminton School. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London from 1932 to 1936. She then returned to Bristol where she painted and taught until World War II broke out. After the war was over, Fedden developed her own style of flower paintings and still lifes, reminiscent of artists such as Matisse and Braque.

In 1951, Mary Fedden married the artist Julian Trevelyan. In 1956, Fedden became a member of the London Group and became the chairperson of the Women’s International Art Club, a post she held for three years. She went on to teach painting at the Royal College of Art from 1956 to 1964, the first woman tutor to teach in the Painting School. Her pupils included David Hockney and Allen Jones. She subsequently taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey from 1965 to 1970.

n 1995 the writer and critic Mel Gooding wrote a monograph on her work tracing her long career up to her marriage to Julian Trevelyan and their life together on the Thames at Chiswick, London. In 2007, a second book on Fedden written by Christopher Andreae was published, tracing her whole career up to 2006.

From 1984, Fedden held the post of President of the RWA, up until 1988, the same year her husband Julian Trevelyan died. She was an academician of the Royal Academy and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath. She also received an O.B.E. and an honorary degree from the University of Durham (2009) for her work.

For many years, Fedden was a close friend of the former television presenter, Anna Ford. Fedden remained a prolific and popular painter until her death in 2012. She continued to live and work in the studio she shared with her husband from the 1940s on the River Thames, London, She died, aged 96, in London.

 


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