SWINSTEAD, Frank Hillyard

1862 - 1937

Country Scene with Viaduct

Frank Hillyard Swinstead, was born at Chelsea, London on 6 August 1862, son of Charles Swinstead (1816-1890), 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. In 1881, an 18 year old 'art teacher drawing', living at 12 St Marks Square, Hackney with his parents, 65 year old Charles and 55 year old Jane, and four siblings Paul Ernest 25, a teacher B.A. London University; Eliza Jane 22, art teacher drawing; George Hillyard 20, artist picture painter [q.v.] and John Hillyard 16, scholar. Frank studied at North London School of Art, the Royal College of Art and Académie Julian in Paris, before himself becoming an Art Master and, on the death of his father in 1890, taking over North London School of Art. He married at Edmonton, London in 1890, Lilie Caroline Drew (1863-1943) and in 1891 they were living at Ivy Bank, Crouch End, Hornsey, Edmonton. He was also principal of Hornsey School of Art and of Willesden Polytechnic School of Art simultaneously for several years, being elected to the Royal Society of British Artist in 1908. By 1911, they had moved to 15 Avenue Road, Highgate, Hornsey, 48 year old Frank, an artist, 48 year old Lilie and their three sons, Norman Hillyard 19, Malcolm Frank 16 and Alan George 7, all born at Hornsey. Frank exhibited three paintings of Walberswick, Suffolk at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1929 'Walberswick', 'Southwold from Walberswick' and 'Looking towards Dunwich'. He was of 15 Avenue Road, Highgate, London when he died at Hornsey Central Hospital, Park Road, Hornsey on 6 December 1937, aged 75.

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