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Francis Donkin Bedford (1864-1954)

Francis Donkin Bedford (1864-1954)

The son of a solicitor, Francis Donkin Bedford was born in London on 21 May 1864 and educated at Westminster School. He studied architecture at the South Kensington Schools (which later became the Royal College of Art and the Royal School of Architecture, and was articled to the ecclesiastical architect, Sir Arthur Blomfield. During the eighteen-eighties, he turned from architecture to illustration, and then worked as a prolific, popular illustrator, chiefly of children's books. These include editions of J M Barrie's
Peter and Wendy (1911) and A Christmas Carol (1931). He also exhibited designs and paintings in tempera at the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club and, most frequently, the Ridley Art Club. He was a member of the Art Workers Guild and the Society of Mural Decorators and Painters in Tempera.

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