Françoise

Belgian-British Artist

Françoise Taylor (née Wauters) was an unsually gifted artist. Born in Liège, Belgium on January 1st, 1920, she began her artistic life at the Académie Royale in Brussels, winning the First Prize for Drawing three years in succession. She studied art for a further six years at ‘La Cambre’ – the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et d’Arts Decoratifs – specialising in engraving, book illustration and typography, winning a Diploma with the Highest Distinction and a Masters Degree for Book Illustration “avec la plus grande distinction et les félicitations du Jury”.

She 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 what became her home town: Bolton in England. 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. Françoise died in January 2007.


Françoise’s timeline 1920—2007 »


Wife and Mother

Françoise married Kenneth Taylor from England in 1946. During the war he had served as an officer in the 6th Battalion of Green Howards then was attached to the Belgian army as a liaison officer. She moved with him to England shortly afterwards. They had five children, now adults — Patrick, Anthony, Martin, Michèle and Annik.

Anthony, Martin and Patrick on Southport beach, 1950s.
Drawing by Françoise Taylor.

External page about the Wauters family in Belgium »

This is a new website — under construction over the coming months. The old one is no longer here but many of Françoise Taylor’s artworks can be viewed on Flickr »