Malcolm Osborne

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Malcolm Osborne

Born(1880-08-01)1 August 1880
Died22 September 1963(1963-09-22) (aged 83)
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Known forlandscapes, urban views, portraits

Malcolm Osborne CBE RA PPRE (1 August 1880 – 22 September 1963) was a British original printmaker known for his intaglio prints of landscapes, urban views and portraits.


  • 1 August 1880 born at Frome, Somerset, the fourth son of Alfred Arthur Osborne (1847-1910), Schoolmaster, and his wife Sarah Elizabeth née Biggs,(1843-1907). He grew up in Frome and moved to Streatham, London with his elder brother Harold in the early 1900s.
  • educated at the Merchant Venturers' Technical College, Bristol
  • 1901-1906 studied etching and engraving under Sir Frank Short at Royal College of Art, South Kensington
  • 1904 published his first etching
  • World War I served in Artists' Rifles and 60th Division in France, Salonika and Palestine
  • 11 June 1918 elected Associate Engraver of Royal Academy
  • 1924 succeeded Short as the Head of the etching and engraving school when Short retired.
  • 13 Apr 1926 elected full member of the Royal Academy
  • 1927 Kensington, London married Amy Margaret Stableford (1884-1964).
  • 1938-1962 held the position of President Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (now the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers)
  • 1948 awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • 1 January 1956 elected Senior member of the Royal Academy
  • 22 September 1963 died Kensington, London, England


  • Print Collector's Quarterly, XII, 1925, pp. 285–313. Entries: 86
  • Malcolm Charles Salaman (introduction) (1929) The Etchings of Malcolm Osborne, R.A., R.E., incl. 12 leaves of plates (Modern Masters of Etching, no. 21) London: The Studio Ltd.; New York: William Edwin Rudge OCLC 556936 OCLC 877568110 OCLC 752179179

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