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Frank Martin (1921-2005) was a student at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Artillery, remaining in the Army until 1946. He then returned to Oxford where he obtained the degree of Master of Arts in History, then enrolled at St. Martin's School of Art. He studied wood engraving with Gertrude Hermes, becoming her Studio Assistant for colour printing. He then studied etching privately with John Buckland Wright.



As a free-lance illustrator and wood engraver he worked for several magazines and book publishers, producing many covers, jackets and illustrations. He then began to produce large original compositions in large lino-cuts, etchings and drypoints, some of which he published himself, others commissioned by various galleries in England and the United States. Many of his subjects were taken from the Cinema, both silent and talking pictures, and he developed a number of collectors of his work in Holywood.



In 1953 he joined the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, retiring in 1980 as Head of Department in Graphic Arts to devote himself to his own work. He had one-man exhibitions in several London galleries as well as in Manchester, Oldham, Dublin, Berlin, Hamilton New Zealand and Cambridge Mass. (USA), and featured in several television programmes: his works are in many Museums. He was a Member of the Society of Wood Engravers, Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Member of the Graphic Design Board of the Council for National Academic Awards, and Honorary Academician of the Accademia delle Arte del Disegno in Florence, Italy. He wrote and illustrated many books.

Hollywood - Continental The Original Watercolour and Graphic Works by Frank Martin
Marlene Dietrich
Reference no.: 1144
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Marlene Dietrich
1978
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
45 x 30
100/100
Signed and titled in pencil
Mar(ia Magda)lene Dietrich's early life is somewhat mysterious. Threoughout the 20s in Germany she played on the stage and in silent films, but her reputation was local and her appearance unremarkable. Her transformation into the glamorous international star shown in the print was due to her association with director Josef von Sternberg, which began with 'The Blue Angel' in 1930. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 208.
Greta Garbo
Reference no.: 1145
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Greta Garbo
1976
Drypoints & Aquatint on steel in colour
45 x 30
47/50
Signed and titled in pencil
Published jointly by the artist and by Ronnie R. Brenner Fine Arts, New Orleans, La. Garbo's impact was greatest in her silent pictures, and she continued to play in silents long after Hollywood had committed itself to sound. She is shown here in the cloche and fur collar she wore in 'Wild Orchids' (1929), Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 198
Delores Costello
Reference no.: 1146
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Delores Costello
1983
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
34.4 x 24.5
4/50
Signed and titled in pencil
Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 257
Delores and Helene Costello
Reference no.: 1147
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Delores and Helene Costello
1972
Woodcut in colour
33 x 50.5
VIII/X
Signed and titled in pencil
Daughters of Maurice Costello, one of the earliest screen stars, the girls appeared as children in their father's films from 1913. After an interval for education, followed by modelling in New York City and a spell in George White's 'Scandals' of 1924, they re-emerged as leading ladies in silent pictures. Dolores, who married John Barrymore in 1928, had the more successful career, and continued to make films into the 1940s. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 90. Edition of 45; 10 in blue black, 10 in blue black and pink with stencils, 25 in blue black and yellow with stencils.
Louise
Reference no.: 1148
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Louise
39.4 x 25.8
Artist's Proof
Signed and titled in pencil
Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 245
Louise Brooks
Reference no.: 1149
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Louise Brooks
1974
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
37 x 26.5
41/100
Signed and titled in pencil
Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 172.
The Dodge Sisters
Reference no.: 1150
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
The Dodge Sisters
1974
Etching on steel
60 x 44.5
23/50
Signed and titled in pencil
Beth nd Betty, elegant American dancers, turned up all over Europe during the late 1920s. In 1926 they were in C.B. Cochran's cabaret 'Supper Time' at the Trocadero, and also in a spectacular review in Berlin. In 1928 they were the stars of the show at the Folies Bergère, in Paris, before returning to the musical comedy stage on Broadway. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 177.
Ida Lupino
Reference no.: 1151
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Ida Lupino
1974
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
54 x 31.5
1/30
Signed and titled in pencil
A member of the distinguished family of English Music Hall comedians (the daughter of Stanley Lupino); Ida began her Hollywood career in 1933 and continued as an actress until the 1950s. She turned to film and television productions and became one of Hollywood's few women directors. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 171.
Evelyn Brent
Reference no.: 1152
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Evelyn Brent
1971
Drypoint on copper
44 x 24
Artist's Proof
Signed and titled in pencil
The actress as 'Feathers' in the von Sternberg film 'Underworld' of 1927. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 158.
Corinne Griffith
Reference no.: 1153
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Corinne Griffith
1973
Drypoint on copper
38 x 26.5
Colour Edition 6/30
Signed and titled in pencil
'The Orchid Lady of the Screen', a popular star of the 1920s whose films are seldom seen today. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 165.
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