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Frank Dobson
(1888 — 1963)

The son of an illustrator, Dobson always had artistic influence in his upbringing. Born in London, Dobson began his artistic training as the assistant to William Reynolds-Stephens in 1902-1904. After having built up his portfolio and furthered his artistic skill in Conrwall, Dobson won a scholarship to Hospitalfield Art Institute, Arbroath where he furthered his training for 4 years. After a brief stint in London at the City and Guilds School, Dobson returned to Cornwall where he shared a studio with Cedric Morris. Dobson worked mostly painting with his first solo exhibition at the Chenil Gallery in London in 1914. It was only after the First World War that Dobson began sculpting and gained recognition with his one-man show in 1920 at the Leicester Galleries in London. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s Dobson’s reputation as a sculptor continued to rise. He was fascinated by the female figure but was also an outstanding portrait sculptor most noticeably for his brass polish of Sir Osbert Sitwell. Dobson was skilled in working in numerous medium. He went onto work as a teacher at the Royal College of Art from 1946 to 1953. Dobson was awarded the CBE after World War II and his work is remembered in the collections of the Tate Gallery among many other collections and is remembered an outstanding figure in 20th Century British Sculpture.