Meredith Frampton 1894-1984
P11080 Near Dieppe
Etching 231 x 292 (9 1/8 x 11 1/2) on wove paper 267 x 332 (10 1/2 x 13 1/8); plate-mark 231 x 293 (9 1/8 x 11 1/2); printed by the artist, not editioned
Presented by the executors of Mrs Hilda Frampton, the artist's widow, 1985
Lit: Richard Morphet, Meredith Frampton, exh. cat., Tate Gallery, 1982, p.14, repr. p.30
Frampton only executed two etchings in his career and they are P11080 and P11081. He learnt etching from Malcolm Osborne and Frank Emanuel at the Central School of Art. Richard Morphet in his introduction to the Tate Gallery catalogue stated (p.14): ‘From the sale of the contents of the studio of Arthur Hacker (d.1919) he [Frampton] bought the press on which, soon after acquiring it, he printed his only two etchings, a country scene near Dieppe [P11080] and an etching after his oil portrait of his father of 1919 [P11081].' In the Tate catalogue entry for a Frampton portrait of Lord William Cecil, Morphet states (p.58) that the Frampton family stayed at Varengeville, Normandy, which is in the Dieppe area, from time to time, and had done so since the artist was a child. P11080 exists in more than one state, and the reproduction of ‘Near Dieppe' in the Tate Gallery catalogue shows another state, in which differences are apparent, including foreground trees and branches, shadows at left, and details of trees and field patterns in the middle distance.
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.367