Frances Spalding CBE, FRSL (née Crabtree, born 16 July 1950)[1] is a British art historian, writer and a former editor of The Burlington Magazine.

Life Edit

Frances Crabtree studied at the University of Nottingham and gained her PhD for a study of Roger Fry. She taught art history at Sheffield City Polytechnic (19781988) before becoming a freelance writer and curator. She returned to academic work to take up the post of professor of Art History at Newcastle University in 2000.[2]

Spalding specialises in 20th-century British art, biography and cultural history and her work includes 15 major books, essays, criticism and reviews. She curated the 2003 exhibition "John Piper in the 1930s: Abstraction on the Beach" at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London.[3] She has also written a study of poet Stevie Smith and a biography of John and Myfanwy Piper. When reviewing John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art, The Independent said of Spalding "At her scintillating best, she is both a brilliant encapsulator and shrewd summer-up; above all, an enthusiast and advocate whose wisdom makes you eager for her subject."[4]

Spalding was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984.[5] She was appointed as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours 2005 for services to literature. She is a trustee of the Charleston Trust.[6]

Spalding became the Editor of The Burlington Magazine in September 2015, leaving in August 2016.[7]

In 1974, Crabtree married Julian Spalding; the couple divorced in 1991.[2]

Selected publications Edit

  • Magnificent Dreams: Burne-Jones and the Late Victorians (1978)
  • Whistler (1979)
  • Vanessa Bell (1979, ISBN 0 2977 8162 6)[8]
  • Roger Fry: Art and Life (1980)
  • — (2016) [1983]. Vanessa Bell: Portrait of the Bloomsbury Artist. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-78453-241-3.
  • British Art since 1900 (1986)
  • Stevie Smith: A Critical Biography (1988)
  • 20th Century Painters and Sculptors: Dictionary of British Art (1990)
  • Dance Till the Stars Come Down: A Biography of John Minton (1991)
  • Virginia Woolf: Paper Darts: the Illustrated Letters (ed) (1991)
  • Duncan Grant: A Biography (1997)
  • The Tate: A History (1998)
  • Ravilious in Public: A Guide to Works by the Artist in Public Collections (2002)
  • John Piper in the 1930s: Abstraction on the Beach (2003)
  • Gwen Raverat: Friends, Family and Affections (2001)
  • The Bloomsbury Group, National Portrait Gallery Insights (2005)
  • John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art, Oxford University Press (2009, ISBN 978-0-19-956761-4)[4]

Reviews Edit

  • Spalding, Frances (June 2011). "The contemporaneous past: reviving native traditions, in modern ways". Australian Book Review. 332: 16–17.
  • Review of: Harris, Alexandra (2010). Romantic moderns: English writers, artists and the imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500251713.

References Edit

  1. ^ "Spalding, Prof. Frances". Who's Who 2013. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing. 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. Oxford University Press, December 2012; online edition, November 2012.
  2. ^ a b The International Who's Who of Women 2002. London: Europa Publications. 2001. p. 540.
  3. ^ "John Piper in the 1930s – Abstraction on the Beach". Studio International. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b Dunnett, Roderic (20 November 2009). "John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: lives in art, By Frances Spalding". The Independent. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Royal Society of Literature: All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  6. ^ "The Charleston Trust, registered charity no. 1107313". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  7. ^ Malvern, Jack (7 October 2016). "Editor quits oldest art magazine after brush with staff". The Times. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Vanessa Bell by Frances Spalding". Goodreads. Retrieved 12 January 2016.