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Salkeld, Cecil ffrench

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Biography: Cecil ffrench Salkeld (1904-1969), Irish painter, printmaker, critic and writer was born in India. From the age of fifteen he studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art under Seán Keating (1889-1977) and James Sleator (1889-1950). In 1921, he studied for a year at the Kassell Kunstschule in Germany. Among his tutors was Ewald Dülberg (1888-1933), who taught Salkeld printmaking processes including etching and woodcut. In May 1922 he attended the Union of Progressive International Artists in Düsseldorf and exhibited at the Internationale Kunstausstellung. On his return to Dublin, in 1924, Salkeld held his first solo exhibition at the Society of Dublin Painters' gallery on Stephen’s Green, becoming a society member from 1927. He also exhibited with the New Irish Salon and the Radical Painters’ Group. His illustrative work included the publishing of an original woodcut in the short-lived journal ‘To-morrow’, which Salkeld co-edited with the writer Francis Stuart (1902-2000). The image of a modern urban scene was stylistically informed by the German New Objectivity movement. Other illustrative work included designs for Liam O’Flaherty's ‘Red Barbara and other stories’ (1928) and illustrations for Gayfield Press publications, a private press which Salkeld founded with his mother Blanaid Salkeld (1880–1959), these include images for Blanaid Salkeld, ‘The Engine left running’ (1938) and Ewart Milne ‘Forty North Fifty West ‘(1938).