Miss (Frances) Madge Kitchener
Miss (Frances) Madge Kitchener, 1889-1977, Kasauli, India
- Artist who ran the 'Little Gallery' 80, The Street
- Born in Kasauli, India, daughter of Lt-Gen Sir Frederick Walter Kitchener KCB 1858-1912 and Caroline Louisa Fenton 1856-1901, married 1884 at All Saints, Malab, Bombay, India
- Cobbold Family Tree
- Studied at The Slade School of Fine Art
- Decorated with the award of Royal Red Cross (R.R.C.)
- Bronze plaquette - designed for sale at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924
- Designer of the dodecagonal threepence with a thrift plant on the reverse.
- Miss Kitchener's Royal Mint designs for a three-penny piece, 1936-7 in Leatherhead & District Local History Society Proceedings Vol 6, No 4 2000 (published Feb 2001) p78
- A Brief History of the Brass Threepence
- Coins of England and Great Britain - Three Pence
- ... Originally intended for use in transport, as bus fare for example
... a reverse design modified by Percy Metcalfe after sketches originally submitted in June 1936 by Miss Frances Madge Kitchener,
niece of military hero Lord Kitchener.
Miss Kitchener's conception for the coin, introduced as a type in this pattern, was for a sideways-appearing trio of thrift, or thistle plant,
flowers atop curling tendrils.
The idea for the reverse motif surely had been borrowed from the 1928 Irish Free State coinages which introduced the use of 'native flora and fauna' for reverse designs in place of the traditional royal insignia,
and in subsequent commercial versions the coin proved popular, useful and durable.
Two models of this were prepared in 1936 but abandoned as overly ornate, in favor of a less realistic or more deco-styled image of the plant,
but showing fuller flowers, which was finally adopted for the brass coinage of George VI later in 1937.
Source: Heritage to Offer Rare British Threepence Piece!
One of her water-colours