Frank Owen Salisbury Figurative Painting - The Magic Crystal
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Frank Owen Salisbury
The Magic Crystal


Frank Owen SALISBURY (British, 1874-1962) The Magic Crystal Oil on canvas Signed `Frank Salisbury’ (lower right) 76.8 cm x 101.6 cm Inc frame 112 x 87 cm Francis Owen Salisbury (1874 – 1962) was an English artist who specialised in portraits, large canvases of historical and ceremonial events, stained glass and book illustration. In his heyday he made a fortune on both sides of the Atlantic and was known as “Britain’s Painter Laureate”. His subjects included Mussolini, Churchill, F.D. Roosevelt, and many members of the British Royal family. He painted the official Coronation portraits of King George VI. This painting is a particularly interesting example of Salibury's work. It illustrates an elegant lady in evening wear holding a lily and studying an Art Deco sculpture of a nude and crystal. The crystal reflects a rainbow across the blue background above the lady's head decoration. The detail on the crystal is stunning and the attention to the lady's face reveals the work of a master of portraiture.


  • Artist
    Frank Owen Salisbury (1874 - 1962, English)
  • Medium
  • Condition Details
    Oil on canvas, not relined, craquelure, good impasto, in overall good condition, in a well gilded wood frame with minor chips and abrasions
  • Dimensions
    H 30.24 in. x W 40.01 in. x D 1.19 in.H 76.8 cm x W 101.6 cm x D 3 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Petworth, GB
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