Vincent G Barlow

19th  &  20th Century Books & Prints

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Artist:Frank Martin

Artist Initials:F.V.

Artist Details:Frank Vernon Martin enrolled in the printing department of Saint Martin's School of Art where he was taught etching by Clifford Webb and wood engraving by Gertrude Hermes. He became a freelance illustrator in 1949 and began his career as a book illustrator. Elected to the Society of Wood Engravers in 1952 and was immediately appointed Secretary. In 1955 began teaching print-making at Camberwell School of Art, a post he held for some 27 years. Appointed Senior lecturer in Graphic Design 1965-76 and Head of Department of Graphic Design in 1976 until his retirement in 1980. Received a commission to illustrate books for the Folio Society in 1956 and illustrated 8 volumes for them including 13 wood-engravings to Stendhal's The Scarlet and the Black (1965) whose illustrations were described as "the best series of post-war English illustrations". He was given an exhibition at the Folio Society in 1961. Many exhibitions of Frank Martin's works have been held at home and abroad and collections held in many public and private institutions.