Daphne Todd, president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters*
from 1994 - 2000, was the first female to hold this office
since the Society was founded in 1891. Past presidents include
Sir James Jebusa Shannon, Sir William Orpen, Sir John Laverly
and Augustus John.
Born in Yorkshire in 1947, Daphne Todd studied at the Slade
School of Fine Art*, University College London, from 1964 -
1971, under the direction of Sir William Coldstream. While
there she was awarded the British Institute Award for Figurative
Painting, the Tonks Drawing Priz
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