T00163 STILL LIFE 1929
Inscr. ‘Frances Hodgkins’ b.r. and on back ‘To Arthur Howell from Frances Hodgkins Nov. 1st 1929’ (the last figure is altered over 8).
Pencil, 14 7/8×17 1/2 (38×44·5).
Presented by Miss Lilian Harmston in accordance with the wishes of Arthur Rowland Howell 1957.
Repr: Arthur R. Howell, The Meaning and Purpose of Art, 1957, p.158.
The artist gave this drawing to Arthur Howell as a birthday present (though his birthday was on 28 May) and he presented it later to Miss Harmston, who was his secretary at the St George's Gallery and later his executrix. Arthur Howell (1881–1956), who first met the artist in the autumn of 1927 and arranged an exhibition of her work at his Gallery, the St George's, 32A George Street, Hanover Square, in October 1930, has described his association with her in Frances Hodgkins, Four Vital Years, 1951. Miss Harmston does not know where the drawing was done and adds (letter of 1 February 1958): ‘so much came out of her own imaginative mind, with recollections of scenes, no doubt’. She was fond of combining still life with landscape.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I