Arnold Machin

From humble beginnings as a potteries apprentice Arnold Machin rose to become an acclaimed sculptor creating the iconic bas-relief portrait of Her Majesty the Queen used on all Royal Mail definitive issue stamps.

Patricia Machin

Patricia Machin was born in 1921 and studied painting at Goldsmith's where her tutor was Leonard Applebee. Finding inspiration from the Old Masters and still-life, she was an established painter, illustrator, designer and author.

Francis Machin

Architect, sculptor, businessman and painter, Francis Machin was a talented designer responsible for a range of conservatories and garden buildings still seen throughout the United Kingdom, United States and Europe.

The Foundation website has been very quiet for some time as the Trustees make plans for the future direction of the Foundation.

Until 2008 we were based at the Shropshire home of our Founder and Director, Francis Machin - who sadly died suddenly in April 2007.

Unfortunately his home was then sold and the Foundation obliged to leave the premises it had leased from him. Since then there have been lengthy and complex negotiations between the Foundation and the Executors of his estate, but we are pleased to say that seven years on we are in the closing stages of moving forward.

Despite this hiatus the Foundation has been active in supporting figurative art throughout the UK including a substantial three year project with The Prince's Drawing School based at Arnold Machin's studio in South Kensington. You can read about some of our projects on the website and expect to see some occasional updates throughout 2014 as we bring some of our long term plans to fruition.