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Frances Hodgkins

Children Playing, 1917

Watercolour, 42 x 42 cm
Signed Frances Hodgkins lower right
Inscribed "To Mrs Hellyer from Frances Hodgkins, 1917"


On July 17th, 1917 Frances Hodgkins wrote to her mother from her studio in St Ives, England:

Have just finished a very successful portrait of Mrs Hellyer which everyone likes, especially the husband who has just been down for the weekend and now insists on my painting him as well as a large group of the children.

Another letter to her mother on August 7th, 1917:

Well I went to the Hellyers at Port Isaac and had a great week.  Luckily it was fine so I was able to do a big portrait group of them in the garden.

And on November 18th, 1919 again she writes to her mother:

The first week end Mrs Hellyer bore me off to their lovely new house at Carbis Bay.  She is now a widow, beautiful and not yet 40 fascinating - and such a house to fascinate in! Much reduced in wealth by her husbands sudden death so there will be no more pictures by Frances Hodgkins bought alas...


Provenance

The Hellyer family, England, UK