Frances Hodgkins

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Frances Mary Hodgkins (28 April 1869 - 13 May 1947) was a painter chiefly of landscape and still life, and for a short period was a designer of textiles. She was born in New Zealand, but spent most of her working life in Britain.

Life

Hodgkins was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1869, the daughter of W.M. Hodgkins, a lawyer, amateur painter a leading figure in the city's art circles.

As a girl she attended Braemar House, a private girls' secondary school, later incorporated into Columba College. She first exhibited in 1890, although she felt overshadowed by her sister, Isobel. In 1893 she became a student of Girolamo Nerli who inspired her first successes. It has been suggested this is where she first met Dorothy Kate Richmond (1860–1935). In 1895-96 she attended the Dunedin School of Art. Her watercolor painting won early recognition.

In 1901 she left New Zealand for Europe, travelling to Britain but also visiting France, the Netherlands, Italy and Morocco in the company of Dorothy Kate Richmond; whom she described as "the dearest woman with the most beautiful face and expression. I am a lucky beggar to have her as a travelling companion.".

She returned to New Zealand and established a studio in Wellington, where she held a joint exhibition with Richmond in 1904. Among her pupils was Edith Kate Bendall, lover of Katherine Mansfield. In the same year Hodgkins became engaged to a...
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