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Frank Archer RWS RE (1912-1995)

Frank Archer, RWS RE (1912-1995)

Frank Archer was born in Walthamstow on 30 June 1912. He grew up in Eastbourne, attending the local grammar school and first studying at the local school of art. He trained for an Art Teacher's Diploma at Brighton School of Art (1932), and then took up a place at the Royal College of Art (1934-38). The engravings that he produced as a student won him the coveted Prix de Rome (1938) and led to his election to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (ARE 1940, RE 1960). Though his stay in Italy was cut short by the outbreak of the Second World War, he was still greatly influenced by the artistic tradition and appearance of the country.

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