Mary Fedden - Fourteen (Framed)
- Archive copy from the Curwen Studio, aside from an Edition of 50
- Framed in Black
- 21cm x 26cm (Sheet) 34.5cm x 38cm (Framed)
British artist, the first woman to teach painting at the Royal College of Art where her pupils included David Hockney. Married to the artist Julian Trevelyan, but as equally recognised in her own right as a painter.
Mary Fedden was born in Bristol and wanted to be a painter even as a child. Leaving Badminton School at sixteen, she studied at the Slade School of Art in London from 1932 to 1936 under the theatre designer Vladimir Polunin, who had worked with the Ballets Russes. She painted sets for professional performances at Sadlers Wells, but decided against stage design as a career. Returning to Bristol, she taught art and made a living by painting portraits. During the war she served in the Land Army and the Woman's Voluntary Service, and on settling in London she worked as a stage painter for the Arts Theatre in Great Newport Street and produced propaganda murals. In 1944 she was called up, and sent abroad as a driver for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI).