Frederick Richard Lee

Frederick Richard Lee

Frederick Richard Lee

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Frederick Richard Lee (Barnstaple Devon, 10 June 1798 – Vleesch Bank 5 June 1879) was the son of Thomas Lee of BarnstapleThomas Lee 1756 — 1836), also son of Thomas Lee of Barnstaple, Devon, was a minor architect, the pupil of William Rhodes; he won a silver medal from the Royal Academy in 1776, but soon afterwards retired from London to his native Barnstaple upon inheriting a modest fortune (Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840 3rd ed. 1995, s.v. "Thomas Lee". and brother of Thomas Lee , an architect.

Frederick enrolled as a student in the Royal Academy on 16 January 1818, aged nineteen. Although no dated paintings are recorded from this time, by the time of his election as an Associate of the Royal Academy (A.R.A.) on 3 November 1834, at least six dated paintings existed. One of F.R. Lee's paintings from this time is , in oil, measuring 38 cm x 51 cm (1830) at the Tate Gallery in London).

Lee was elected to full membership of the Royal Academy on 10 February 1838. A further seven paintings have been documented as painted by Lee before this date, again as oils, mainly on canvas. The Tate Gallery has an example from this period of his career in , which is also painted in oil and is 85 cm x 109 cm (1834).

Frederick Lee is known to have produced a further forty dated paintings over the next thirty years. In addition to the dated paintings, fifty undated paintings...
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