Catalogue entry

T03831 Frances Hodgkins c.1917

Gouache on paper 9 1/2 × 6 3/8 (242 × 162)
Not inscribed
Presented by the surviving executor of Frances Hodgkins 1984
Prov: Frances Hodgkins (d.1947); her estate
Exh: Cedric Morris, Tate Gallery, March–May 1984, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, May–July 1984, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, August–September 1984, The Minories, Colchester, September–October 1984 (104, repr.)

A portrait of the well-known New Zealand-born painter (1869–1947). On the reverse is a pencil drawing of Cedric Morris's head in profile, pipe in mouth. John Piper confirms its attribution to Frances Hodgkins, in whose hand the pencil inscription below the portrait of Morris appears to be. This reads ‘painted by/Cedric Morris/Newlyn 1917?’.

During parts of 1917 and 1918 Cedric Morris lived at Zennor, Cornwall, near St Ives where Frances Hodgkins was based then and until 1920. In 1919 when Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines moved to Newlyn, Cornwall, they retained a London base by sub-leasing Frances Hodgkins's studio in Kensington. In that year Morris painted a watercolour portrait of Frances Hodgkins, head and shoulders in profile (repr. catalogue of Tate Gallery Morris exhibition, 1984 (105) in which the course of Morris's and Lett-Haines's friendship with Frances Hodgkins, which lasted until her death, is traced on pp.36–7). Morris successfully proposed Hodgkins for membership of the Seven and Five Society in 1929. Morris's oil portrait of Frances Hodgkins, 1928, is in Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, and hers of him, ‘Man with a Macaw’ 1930, is in the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986