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Francis Owen Salisbury
Frank O. and Mrs. Salisbury (1932).jpg
Frank and Alice Salisbury on board the S.S. Olympic in New York City, 1927
Born (1874-12-18)December 18, 1874
Died August 31, 1962(1962-08-31) (aged 87)
Nationality British
Alma mater Royal Academy of Arts
Occupation Artist
Years active ca. 1892 - 1962

Frank O. Salisbury was an English artist painter and designer of stained glass.


Salisbury was born in on December 18, 1874, in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, as a son of a plumber and glazier. He learned the art of stained glass in the workshop of his brother in St Albans.

A visit to the London Drawing Academy woke up his interest for painting. He won a scholarship when he was 18 years old and so he was able to study at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 1892 to 1897. In between he went on a scholarship to Italy where he was impressed by the fresco's of the Renaissance. This trip shaped his taste for pageant scenes.

On the Royal Academy he won several medals. He also returned there several times with expositions.

Salisbury made many murals in buildings, especially in London. He also painted many religious works and illustrations of historical events. He was well known for his portraits, especially of famous people like five British prime ministers, five American presidents and several others like Benito Mussolini when he visited Italy in 1934. His portraits were painted in a traditional style.

Salisbury died on August 31, 1962, in Hampstead, London, when he was 87 years old.

Paintings of Salisbury

  • 1944: Portrait and Pageant: The Art of Frank O. Salisbury, memoirs
  • 1953: Sarum Chase


  • Barber, Benjamin Aquila (1936) The Art of Frank O. Salisbury, F. Lewis
  • Christie, Manson & Woods (1985) The Studio of Frank O. Salisbury: (1874 - 1962); the Property of the British Council of Churches
  • McMurray, Nigel (2003) Frank O. Salisbury: Painter Laureate, ISBN: 978-1410733269

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