Frances “Russell” Lindsay Speakman (1892-1988)

Frances “Russell” Lindsay Speakman
Born: 1/24 1892 Topeka, Kansas
Died: 3/28 1988 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Married: Harold Speakman on July 5, 1925

Traveled Mississippi River by canoe and houseboat, 1926-1927


Portrait “Girl, Houseboat, River” by Harold Speakman

Contributed Majority of Illustrations to Mostly Mississippi (1927)

Studied under:

  • F.V. DuMond at Art Students League
  • J. James
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • New York School of Applied Design
  • Fontainebleau School of Fine Art, France
    (Awarded prize at Annual Exhibit, 1932)

Best known for murals:

  • New York City Public Schools, 1934 & 1938 (under WPA grant)
  • Fairy Story Panels, Children’s Ward, Eye Institute,
    Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC. (1933?)

Member: National Society of Mural Painters