Frances Hodgkins

Flatford Mill


Frances Hodgkins 1869–1947
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 724 × 762 mm
frame: 965 × 1003 × 101 mm
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1951

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Hodgkins was a New Zealander who came to Europe in 1901. Based mainly in Britain, she also spent time in Paris. She was a member of the Seven & Five Society. In the 1920s, its members developed an art that was both modern and returned to traditional motifs such as landscape and still life. A strong fascination with British landscape and traditions was evident. This is signalled, perhaps, by the fact that this scene was closely associated with John Constable who painted Flatford Mill in 1816.

Gallery label, September 2016

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Catalogue entry


Inscr. ‘Frances Hodgkins’ b.l.

Canvas, 28 1/2×30 (72·5×76).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1951.
Coll: There appears to be no record of when and where the C.A.S. acquired this picture.
Exh: Arts Council, Ethel Walker, Frances Hodgkins, Gwen John, Tate Gallery, May–June 1952 (62); Arts Council provincial tour, 1952 (5).

Frances Hodgkins stayed at Flatford Mill, in the Constable country, from the end of June to November 1930, painting and preparing for her exhibition to be held at the St George's Gallery that autumn. One of the pictures in that exhibition was entitled ‘Flatford Weir’, but she painted a number of pictures of Flatford Mill, Willy Lott's Cottage and other subjects in the neighbourhood. A picture of Flatford Mill is in the Collection of Mrs Wertheim, bought from the St George's Gallery in 1930.

Two photographs of her at Flatford Mill, in one of which she is seen looking at this picture, were published in The Sphere, 27 September 1930.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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