Collection NameHowell, Arthur R.
Reference Number (click the number to browse all records in this collection)TGA 735
TitleLetters from the artist Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) to the art dealer Arthur R Howell (1881-1956), including press cuttings on Howell
Extent1 box
Access StatusOPEN
Related MaterialThe Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand, holds the largest collection of Hodgkins material. Letters from Hodgkins can be found in the papers of Cedric Morris (TGA 8317), Ben Nicholson (TGA 8717), Jane Saunders (TGA 8210) and Sir John Rothenstein (TGA 8726). TGA 846 is a collection of artworks by Hodgkins and there is also material in the records of the Seven and Five Society (TGA 849). Works by Hodgkins are included in the exhibition catalogues of the London Group (TGA 7713).
Administrative HistoryThe earliest monograph was Myfanwy Evans's 'Frances Hodgkins' (1948). Later works include E H McCormick's 'Works of Frances Hodgkins in New Zealand' (Auckland, 1954) and 'Portrait of Frances Hodgkins' (Auckland, 1981), and 'Frances Hodgkins: Paintings and Drawings' (1995), by Iain Buchanan, Michael Dunn and Elizabeth Eastmond. Letters from Hodgkins to Howell are included in 'Letters of Frances Hodgkins', edited by Linda Gill (Auckland, 1993). Frances Hodgkins was born in Dunedin, the daughter of a watercolour artist. From 1895 to 1896 she studied at the Dunedin School of Art. She left New Zealand for London in 1901 and held her first one-woman exhibition at Paterson's Gallery in London in 1907. She lived in Paris between 1908 and 1914 and was the first woman instructor at the Academie Colarossi. She returned to England for the duration of the First World War, residing in St Ives. She exhibited with the London Group and was elected a member of the Seven and Five Society in 1929. Retrospective exhibitions were held at the Lefevre Gallery in 1946 and by the Arts Council in 1952. Arthur R Howell was director of the St George's Gallery in London, where Hodgkins held an exhibition in 1930. He quoted from letters she had written to him (now in TGA 735) in his monograph 'Frances Hodgkins: Four Vital Years' (1951). Lilian Harmston worked as manageress at the St George's Gallery.
Custodial HistoryPresented to the Tate Gallery by Lilian Harmston, in memory of Arthur R Howell, in 1958, 1964 and 1971, and transferred to the Archive in 1973.

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