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In Memorium - Frances Colquhoun

Frances Colquhoun

Cambridge Drawing Society member Frances Colquhoun sadly passed away in June after bravely fighting a prolonged illness. Frances had been a member of the Society for sixteen years and exhibited her work in every CDS exhibition, including the Spring 2017 exhibition, despite being very ill at the time.

Frances Colquhoum Memorium

Frances originally trained as an actor, and she was ever ready with an amusing story and was always good company. Long serving member, Anthony Hopkinson, fondly remembers her Joyce Grenfell impressions were often better than the originals. Frances and Anthony often collaborated in Cambridge Open Studios events and he recalls that she had a great way with people, especially the young. She would always encourage youngsters to look at artworks and say what they really thought.

As an artist, Frances seemed equally happy with oils, watercolour and pastels, though oils were probably her favourite medium.

Society President, Janice Anderson, along with other long standing members, remember her willingness to support all the Society’s activities and in particular her incredible catering efforts. For many years, she was responsible for magnificent post AGM suppers and delicious lunches on Selection Days at the Cambridge Guildhall. Nothing was too much trouble for Frances and she was always willing to help.

The Society has lost one of its most valuable members. Frances will be greatly missed by all.