Francis Evelyn MIDDLEDITCH

Francis Evelyn MIDDLEDITCH

Frank Middleditch was born in Edmonton, Middlesex. He trained as an industrial designer and was a member of the Society of Industrial Artists (MSIA). During World War II he was working in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and volunteered for the Calcutta Light Horse, a reserve regiment. On returning to the UK, a radio he designed for Bush was in the 1946 'Britain Can Make It' exhibition at the V&A. The model, originally in black, became immensely popular and was then produced in several colours, as well as for the export market with translated words; a mahogany-coloured version is in the permanent collection of the V&A.

In 1935 he married a classically trained singer, Felise. During the 1950s they were living in Lympstone near Exmouth in Devon. He became a member of the Kenn Group, a society of professional artists based in Exeter, whose group shows were usually held in the city's Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).

He and Felise are believed to have moved to Cornwall in the late 1950s or early 1960s. In 1963 he had a solo show of paintings at the Poly, Falmouth, and a solo show of engraved slate, collages and drawings in the RAMM in 1971. In the mid-1960s they were living at Fenton Pits, outside Bodmin, and later they moved to Egloshayle, Wadebridge. He died in Truro in 1996.


Painting, design, drawing, collage, gouache, engravings, engraved slate

works and access

The Box, Plymouth


1946: 'Britain Can Make It', V&A

1963: The Poly, Falmouth

1971: RAMM

1982: Kenn Group of Artists, RAMM



MSIA (Society of Industrial Artists)

Kenn Group of Artists

St Austell Arts Club

Camel Art Society