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Frank Reynolds RI (1876-1953)


Frank Reynolds, RI (1876-1953)

Drawing mainly from memory, Frank Reynolds was much admired for his direct characterisation of middle-class and low-life types and situations that frequent both his delight book illustrations and his very funny cartoons.

Frank Reynolds was born at 12 Searle Terrace, Richford Street, Hammersmith, London, on 13 February 1876. He was the youngest child of William Reynolds, an Irish landscape painter, restorer and framer, and his wife, Georgiana (née Morton). He was educated at the local church school, and then worked as an apprentice carver, probably to his father at his shop in Notting Hill. When his father died, in 1896, he took over the shop with his elder brother, Tom, who would become a famous actor. His father had had a local reputation for his public readings of the works of Shakespeare, and he himself had a talent as an amateur actor.

Having already begun to contribute cartoons to Pick-Me-Up, Reynolds studied in the evenings at Heatherley’s School of Art, and there met James Thorpe, who became a close friend.

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