Frith, Clifford: Funfair
Between 1946 and 1955, 40 ‘Lyons Lithographs’ were commissioned, intended for display in Lyons Teashops and we have 7 available from the first series issued. They provide a wonderful overview of post-war Britain as seen by almost all of the period’s most renowned artists and are now real rarities.
They were printed on paper whose quality reflected the austerity of the times and those surviving are frequently grubby and uncared for. Our Lyons Lithographs have all been professionally cleaned and conserved and their colours are fully restored. They are mounted on conservation quality boards and are ready to frame.
‘Funfair’ is the fifth from the First Series of 16 ‘Lithographs by Contemporary Artists’ and is based on his painting ‘The Fair, Harpenden’ (St Albans, Hertfordshire) which is also illustrated.
Printed in colours by Chromoworks Ltd, and published by J.Lyons in 1947, the print is signed in the plate.
Artist: Clifford Frith (born 1924)
Title and date: Funfair, 1947, no. 5
Size: 74.5 x 98.0 cms.
A painter, draughtsman and art teacher, Clifford Frith was born in London and began his artistic training at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts before attending St Martin’s School of Art under the instruction of Roland Pitchforth and Victor Pasmore among others. He quickly became a well-known artistic figure, gaining particular notoriety as a skilled painter and draughtsman.
Following his graduation, Frith quickly sought training as an art teacher which would see him return to his former school in Camberwell, in addition to teaching at Goldsmith’s College of Art. Frith later spent time visiting Nigeria with fellow artist Isabel Rawsthorne. Frith has exhibited at the Royal Academy as well as more commercial London galleries including Redfern and Wildenstein’s. In 1977 he moved to Australia and has since become well-known in Australian art circles as a skilled painter and sculptor.