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Frank Owen Salisbury

1874-1962

Salisbury was born in Harpenden, England and gained his early training in art as an apprentice in his brother’s stained glass workshop in St. Albans. His skill and interest in painting glass led him to attend the Heatherley School of Art. He subsequently earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy, where he studied from 1892 to 1897.  Salisbury exhibited seventy times at the Royal Academy.

Throughout his career in England and in the United States, Salisbury focused on portraiture. He painted Queen Elizabeth II, several British prime ministers including Winston Churchill, and numerous members of the House of Windsor. In the United States, he was commissioned to paint presidents Harry S. Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Woodrow Wilson, and Calvin Coolidge. His works also include portraits of John Pierpont Morgan, John Davison Rockefeller, Jr., and Andrew William Mellon.

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