Frances Darlington (1880-1940) is best known in her home county of Yorkshire where her public works of art punctuate the cultural landscape. However, Darlington trained in London with some of the most prominent names in twentieth century British Art (her tutors included Sir George Frampton and Edouard Lanteri) and was contemporary with what has become known as the “Golden Epoch” of the Slade. Despite exhibiting and selling her work worldwide, the story of this remarkable artist was in danger of being lost. Drawing on her own research, family photographs and correspondence her great, great niece has pieced together a life, putting the work of Frances Darlington into a comprehensive historical and biographical context .

About the author:
Artist, writer and curator. Louise Marchal has over twenty five years experience as an artist and designer working to commission and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2013 and after many years research Louise wrote, designed and published the biography of the New Sculpture artist Frances Darlington (1880-1940). In 2014 she was awarded Arts Council funding for an installation responding to a World War One memorial by Frances Darlington at Ripon Museum. Her work is visible online at her website

Louise's first degree was a Scottish Masters from the University of Glasgow, with Honours in English Literature, including study of Art History and Medieval History. Louise studied Philosophy for a year at the University of Leeds, and holds two subsequent Masters degrees in Fine Art and Curatorial Practice from the University of Sunderland.
She is currently preparing for a practice led PhD in Fine Art and History of Art at the University of Leeds.