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Francoise Taylor

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Françoise Taylor, née Wauters, was an unusually gifted artist and book illustrator. Born January 1st, 1920, she began her artistic life in Belgium at Académie Royale in Brussels, winning the First Prize for Drawing three times. She studied for six more years at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et d'Arts Decoratifs in Brussels, specialising in engraving, book illustration and typography where she gained a Diploma with the Highest Distinction and a Masters Degree for Book Illustration "avec la plus grande distinction et les félicitations du Jury".

Moving to England in 1946 Françoise Taylor continued to draw and paint throughout most of her active life, as well as inspiring younger generations as Head of Art at a girls' school in her home town of Bolton. She became a member of the Manchester arts scene along with Lowry, Le Breton, Rutherford, Levy, Lowndes and Major.  From the 1950s to 1980s her work was regularly exhibited in the north west of England and has been acquired by private collectors and major galleries in England, Belgium and France. Some of her drawings are in the permanent collection at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

Françoise Taylor died in January 2007 aged 87.

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