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 Frank Craig  (1874 - 1918)

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Lived/Active: New York / England      Known for: magazine illustration, watercolor figure in landscape and portrait painting

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Frank Craig
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"Stopping in front of Alameda Golden's large canvas he gazed uncomfortably on what she had wrought there"
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Frank Craig (1874 - 1918)

Frank Craig could easily get lost in the host of "society" illustrators that cropped up at the turn of the century in the wake of Charles Dana Gibson. His work is virtually unknown outside of a small cadre of illustration

Born in in England in 1874, he studied at the Lambeth School of Art* and the Royal Academy* Schools.  In January of 1900 he was working in the American Scribner's magazine providing some of the illustrations for a biography of Oliver Cromwell.

He worked on staff at The Graphic, an important British weekly news magazine, and submitted to the Royal Academy and the Paris salons. He had paintings purchased in both England and France and won a gold medal for portraiture at one of the early 20th century Paris Salons. He also worked for Nash's Magazine.

He continued to work in the U.S. and his work can be found in McClures Magazine from 1902-1904, Harpers* from 1907 to 1914, and Scribner's again from 1904 on and off through 1914.  He was also much in demand as a book illustrator and his work accompanied some of the era's most famous authors: Rudyard Kipling, R.W. Chambers, F. Marion Crawford, Arnold Bennett, Maurice Hewlett, to name a few.

Craig was very much a portrait painter, and many of his compositions are derived from that experience.  His lighting and staging are superb and the images occasionally approach a photo-realism* that was uncommon in his day.

He battled with ill-health most of his life and was forced to leave London for Surrey and then, in 1916, he went to Portugal.  In April of 1918, he had a successful gallery show in Lisbon, featuring about thirty of his paintings.  It was a timely tribute, because a few weeks later, he died.  He was 44.

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Trinity House Paintings, http://www.trinityhousepaintings.com/Craig-Frank-DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=45&tabindex=44&artistid=76766

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