Watercolour – Seated Nude by Fred Pegram RI (1870-1937)

£ 800

In its original gilt frame, signed lower right. Circa 1920. With remains of RI exhibition label, one other, and a trade label for James Bourlet fine art packers and frame makers to verso.
Total dimensions including the frame 73 x 59 cm.

Ref: 24545

Frederick Pegram was a prolific English illustrator and cartoonist who produced work for The Pall Mall Gazette, Punch Magazine, The Idler, Illustrated London News, The Tatler, and The Daily Chronicle. He became one of the most consistent and famous of magazine illustrators, succumbing to lung cancer on 23 August 1937.
Frederick, enrolled at the Westminster School of Art at age 15. Some of his fellow students were Henry Tonks, Aubrey Beardsley and Maurice Greiffenhagen. Pegram served as Special Constable at Buckingham Palace during World War I. Pegram’s draughtsmanship was widely acclaimed and he produced the artwork for Mackintosh’s Toffee advertisements, Player’s, Ronuk Wax Polish, Selfridges, many of his designs were for Kodak – featuring the iconic Kodak girl in her striped dress, out and about with her trusty portable camera. He exhibited at most of the principal London galleries.
Between 1889 and 1904 he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, and in 1925 was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors, He also designed posters for the Underground Group. In 1918 he moved into 11 Avenue Studios, one of 15 artist’s studios that were known as ‘The Avenue’ located at 76 Fulham Road, London.
Books illustrated included Poor Jack (1897), At the Rising of the Moon (1898), London’s World Fair (1898), The Orange Girl (1899) and Martin Chuzzlewit (1900), A Lost Leader. Marriage à la Mode, The Missioner, Tea-Table Talk; Sybil, Or The Two Nations (1895).