Artist biography

Francis UNWIN 1885–1925

Draughtsman, etcher and lithographer of landscape and architectural subjects. Born 11 February 1885 at Stalbridge, Dorset. Studied at Winchester School of Art and at the Slade School 1902–5. Travelled in Holland, France and Italy. Spent the winter of 1908 in Egypt drawing the interior of tombs for an archaeological expedition. Settled in London 1909; member of the N.E.A.C. 1913; held first exhibition with Randolph Schwabe at the Carfax Gallery 1915. Published The Decorative Arts in the Service of the Church 1912. Began suffering from consumption in 1916. Visited Switzerland for his health in 1920 and 1921. His late drawings and etchings of mountains show Post-Impressionist influence. Died 26 November 1925 at Mundesley-on-Sea, Norfolk. Memorial exhibition at the St George's Gallery 1926.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II