Artist biography

Julian Phelps ALLAN b. 1892

Sculptor. Born 22 June 1892 at Millbrook, Southampton. Served in France with the Q.M.A.A.C. 1917–19. Began training as a domestic science teacher, then turned to art, studying first at Westminster School of Art, then 1922–5 at the R.A. Schools; awarded Landseer Scholarship 1923, R.A. Gold Medal 1925 and studied in Florence under Libero Andreotti 1926. Changed her name from Eva Dorothy to Julian Phelps 1929. Travelled to Jugoslavia 1933 and met the sculptor Meštrović in Zagreb 1936. Served in the A.T.S. 1938–45, becoming a Colonel and first President of the A.T.S. War Office Selection Board. Awarded the O.B.E. Executed bas-reliefs at Lambeth and Maudsley Hospitals and elsewhere, and since 1947 has carried out many ecclesiastical commissions. Exhibited at the R.A. 1929–38, 1946 and 1949, and at the R.S.A. from 1947. A.R.B.S. 1937, F.R.B.S. 1947. Travelled in France to study Romanesque sculpture, and in 1954 went to Serbia and Jugoslavia to study Byzantine frescoes.

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