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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
Tallulah Bankhead
Reference no.: 1154
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Tallulah Bankhead
1984-5
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
44.5 x 24
40/50
Signed and titled in pencil
The Alabama girl with the outrageous personality and exciting voice, who made her reputation on the London stage in the 1920s. She returned to America in 1930, the high points of her later stage career being in Lillian Hellman's 'The Little Foxes' and Thornton Wilder's 'The Skin of our Teeth'. She made films intermittently from 1918 to 1965. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 273.
Constance Bennett in 1924
Reference no.: 1155
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Constance Bennett in 1924
1975
Drypoint on copper, in colour
43.5 x 30.2
3/40
Signed and titled in pencil
Constance Bennett began her career in Hollywood in 1922 at the age of seventeen. A leading player in silent films, she married a millionaire and retired from the screen to move to Europe, but returned later, becoming one of the greatest stars of the 1920s. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 182.
A Shopworn Angel; Nancy Carroll
Reference no.: 1156
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
A Shopworn Angel; Nancy Carroll
1977
Drypoint on copper, in colour
54 x 34
Artist's Proof
Signed and titled in pencil
A showgirl herself on stage from the age of 16, red-haired Nancy often played hardboiled showgirls with hearts of gold. She became one of the greatest favourites of the early talking screen, having been in fact the very first girl to sing into a movie microphone and to dance on a sound stage. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 207.
Jessie Matthews
Reference no.: 1157
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Jessie Matthews
1983
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
45.5 x 29
4/50
Signed and titled in pencil
Britain's marvellous best in the song and dance field, Jessie was on the stage from age 10, and made her West End debut in 1924 in Charlot's Revue, in the chorus and as Gertrude Lawrence's understudy. Her film career was entirely English, and culminated in 'Evergreen' (1934) under Victor Saville's direction. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 258.
Mary Brian
Reference no.: 1158
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Mary Brian
1978
Drypoint on copper, in colour
34 x 27.5
27/30
Signed and titled in pencil
Mary's first film part, as a girl of 16, was that of Wendy in the 1924 producrion of J M Barrie's 'Peter Pan'. Subsequently, her gentle and appealing good looks caused her to be type-cast in 'nice girl' roles throughout the late Twenties and Thirties. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 218.
Jean Harlow in a Satin Gown
Reference no.: 1159
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Jean Harlow in a Satin Gown
1977
Etching on steel in colour
45 x 29.5
24/100
Signed and titled in pencil
Jean began as an extra in silent films; as a star she was a Howard Hughes discovery (Hell's Angels, 1930). Her death in hospital in 1937 seems inexplicable today. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental'. number 205.
Carole Lombard
Reference no.: 1160
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Carole Lombard
1980
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
40 x 27
AP 1st State
Signed and titled in pencil
Jane Alice Peters made her first film in 1921 at the age of 12. As Carole Lombard in the 1930s she became one of Hollywood's best loved comediennes, with very particular qualities of warmth, style and wit. Married to William Powell and later to Clark Gable, she was killed in a plane crash in 1942. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 234.
Norma Talmadge
Reference no.: 1161
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Norma Talmadge
1984
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
45 x 30
AP8
Signed and titled in pencil
One of the most popular stars of the silent screen, Norma is forgotten today and her films seem mostly to have disappeared. A teenage leading lady with Vitagraph as early as 1910, she specialised in emotional and tearful roles, whereas her sister Constance (whose career ran parallel with her own) was a cheerful comedienne. They both retired from the screen with the coming of sound. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 263.
Vilma Banky
Reference no.: 1162
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Vilma Banky
1974
Drypoint on copper with hand tinting
37 x 27
66/100
Signed and titled in pencil
A Hungarian actress who became a Hollywood star in the middle 1920s, but whose American career did not survive the transition to talking pictures. She was Valentino's last leading lady (Son of the Sheik, 1926). Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 173.
Lya de Putti
Reference no.: 1163
Frank Martin, (1921-2005)
Lya de Putti
1975
Drypoint on copper in colour
45 x 29
8/40
Signed and titled in pencil
A German actress who made films in Hollywood during the late 1920s. Listed in 'Frank Martin: Hollywood - Continental', number 183.
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