Margaret Mellis

1914–2009

Margaret Mellis, 'Sobranie Collage' 1942
Sobranie Collage 1942
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Biography

Margaret Nairne Mellis (22 January 1914 – 17 March 2009) was a British artist, one of the early members and last survivors of the group of modernist artists that gathered in St Ives, Cornwall in the 1940s. She and her first husband, Adrian Stokes, played an important role in the rise of St Ives as a magnet for artists. She later married artist Francis Davison, and became a mentor to the young Damien Hirst.

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‘A Summing Up of All I Have Ever Thought’: Adrian Stokes’s ‘In Short’ (1942) and his Other Writings of the Period

The intertextual links between Stokes’s unpublished essay ‘In Short’ (1942) and his other writings of the period justify his ...