SWINSTEAD, Frank Hillyard

1862 - 1937

Frank Hillyard Swinstead was born at Chelsea, London on 6 August 1862, son of Charles Swinstead (25 July 1815-22 March 1890), headmaster of North London School of Art, and his second wife Jane née Hillyard (1826-1891), who married at London City in 1847, Charles had previously married Emma Hillyard (1815-1842) at St Pancras, London in 1839. Frank was educated at Kingsland Birkbeck School and studied at North London School of Art, the Royal College of Art, and Académie Julian in Paris, before becoming an Art Master at Walthamstow School of Art 1882-1893 and of Willesden School of Art 1893-1907 simultaneously a master at North London School of Art 1880-1892 and Hornsey School of Art 1882-1891. In 1881, Frank was an 18-year-old 'art teacher drawing', living at 12 St Mark's Square, Hackney with his parents, 65-year-old Charles and 55-year-old Jane, and four siblings Paul Ernest, B.A., 25, a teacher at University of London; Eliza Jane 22, art teacher drawing; George Hillyard 20, artist picture painter and John Hillyard 16, scholar. Frank married at Park Chapel, Crouch End, Hornsey, Edmonton, London on 8 August 1890, Lilian Caroline Drew (1863-10 October 1943), daughter of the late George Drew, and they had three sons. In 1891 they were living at Ivy Bank, Crouch End, and by 1911, they had moved to 15 Avenue Road, Highgate, Hornsey, 48-year-old Frank, an artist, 48-year-old Lilie and their sons, Norman Hillyard 19, Malcolm Frank 16 and Alan George 7, all born at Hornsey. A figure and landscape artist in oil, watercolour, and pastel he exhibited at the Royal Academy. Frank was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1908 where he exhibited three paintings of Walberswick, Suffolk in 1929, 'Walberswick', 'Southwold from Walberswick' and 'Looking towards Dunwich'. Frank Hillyard Swinstead was of 15 Avenue Road, Highgate, London when he died at Hornsey Central Hospital, Park Road, Hornsey on 6 December 1937, aged 75. He signed his works 'Frank H. Swinstead'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Ivy Bank, Crouch End Hill, London
1899 326 Preparing for the Regatta
from 15 Avenue Road, Highgate
1911 862 The Old Barn - watercolour
from Hornsey School of Art, Crouch End Hill
1915 1248 The Quarry - watercolour

Works by This Artist