Mary Fedden OBE RA LG 1915-2012

Mary Fedden was one of Britain's finest and best loved contemporary artists. She was born on 14th August 1915 in Bristol and was married to the artist Julian Trevelyan. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1932 to 1936. She went on to teach Painting at the Royal College of Art from 1958 to 1964 where she was the first woman tutor to teach in the Painting School. Her pupils included David Hockney and Allen Jones. Fedden has exhibited in solo shows throughout the UK every year since 1947. Mary Fedden also received many mural commissions, notably the Festival of Britain (1951), the P & O Liner Canberra (1961), Charing Cross Hospital (1980) and Colindale Hospital in 1985. Mary Fedden was President of the Royal West of England Academy from 1984 to 1988 and was elected a Royal Academician in the Senior Order in 1992. She received an OBE and a Doctor of Literature, Bath University in the 1990s.

Her work hangs in many private collections including HM The Queen for Windsor Castle, Prince Hassan of Jordan, the Tate Gallery, Bristol City Art Gallery and The Royal Academy. In 1997 she won the prestigious Mother Goose Award for Children's Book Illustrations. She married the artist, Julian Trevelyan in 1951, he died in 1988. Mary Fedden lived and worked in London, her subjects are executed in a bold, expressive style with vivid and contrasting colours.

Mary Fedden died on 22nd June 2012 aged 96.

Biographical Chronology

1915 Born in Bristol on 14th August

1932 Commenced studies at the Slade School of Art, London, where she was inspired by her

tutor, Vladimir Polunin and met Julian Trevelyan for the first time

1936 Graduated from Slade School of Art, London and returned to her native Bristol to teach

1939-44 Moved to London and joined the Land Army and the Women's Voluntary Service

1944 Called up and sent to Europe as a driver for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes

1946 Returned to London, buying a house in Redcliffe Road with Maise Meiklejohn

1947 First one-woman exhibition at the Mansard Gallery in Heal's Department Store, which led

to a three year commission to paint the covers of Woman magazine

1949 Travelled through Europe with the artist Julian Trevelyan. On their return to London they

settled together in Trevelyan's home and studio by the Thames at Durham Wharf, Chiswick

1951 Married Julian Trevelyan

Painted a mural for the children's section in the Television pavilion on the South Bank at

the Festival of Britain

1958-64 Taught at the Royal College of Art, London where she was the first female tutor in the

Painting School, her pupils including David Hockney, Allen Jones and Patrick


1961 Commissioned to paint a mural for the P&O liner Canberra

1965-70 Taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey

1980 Painted mural for Charing Cross Hospital with Julian Trevelyan

1984-88 President of Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

1985 Painted a mural for Colindale Hospital

1988 Death of Julian Trevelyan

1992 Elected Royal Academician in the Senior Order

1995 Publication of Mary Fedden written by Mel Gooding

1996 Received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of Bath

1997 Awarded OBE

2007 Publication of Mary Fedden. Enigmas and Variations by Christopher Andreae

2012 Died in Chiswick on 22nd June
Mary Fedden OBE RA LG

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Red Still Life with Hopjes Tin

Oil on canvas

24 x 30 ins (60.96 x 76.20 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Brown and Black Jug

Mary Fedden

Brown and Black Jug

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 ins (50.80 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £16,750.00

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Enigmas and Variations


29 x 24 cms (29.00 x 24.00 cms)

Price: £35.00

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Still Life with Egg Cup and Volcano


6½ x 7¾ ins (16.51 x 19.68 cms)

Price: £5,750.00

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Pussy

Mary Fedden



11 x 11 ins (27.94 x 27.94 cms)

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