The Times/1931/Obituary/Frank Gibson

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Mr. Frank Gibson

We regret to announce the death, as a result of a street accident, of Mr. Frank Gibson, Art Adviser to the Commonwealth of Australia, who was well known in artistic circles in London, both as a critic and a collector.

Mr. Gibson was born in Melbourne in 1865 and educated at Melbourne University. He studied art at the Slade School under Professor Brown and in the European galleries. He married Eugeni Joachim, a niece of the famous violinist and herself a talented musician. The couple had many friends in London, and the musical parties at their house in Bayswater will long be remembered. Mrs. Gibson who had a famous collection of fans died about two years ago.

From 1908 to 1914 Gibson was art advisor to the Selton Bequest and National Gallery of Victoria, entrusted with the acquisition of works of art in England and Europe. His own private collection—he was generous in his appreciate of contemporary artists—contained works by Speer, Conder, Clausen, and Brabazon. As a writer he was best known by his life of Charles Conder, upon whom he was an acknowledged expert, but he also published studies of Fantin-Latour, six French painters, and Leighton, and contributed to the Burlington Magazine, the Studio, and the Connoisseur.

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