Dame Elisabeth Frink RA (1930 – 1990) is internationally recognised as one of the most important British sculptors of the 20th Century. She studied at the Guildford School of Art (1946–9) and with Bernard Meadows at the Chelsea School of Art (1949–53). Frink's range of subjects included men, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs. From the 1970s she focused on the male nude, barrel-chested, with mask-like features, attenuated limbs and a pitted surface, for example Striding Man. Frink's sculpture, and her lithographs and etchings created as book illustrations, drew on archetypes expressing masculine strength, struggle and aggression.