The Croft, Still life with Divan c.1931-34
(The Croft: View from a window / The Ottoman)
Oil on canvas, 63.5 x 76.2 cm
Signed Frances Hodgkins lower right
Painted from a window of Geoffrey Gorer’s cottage The Croft, Bradford-on-Tone. This is one of the two paintings using the flower-covered ottoman in the foreground, a device used to heighten what Frances Hodgkins described as the "Persian garden" feel the Croft had. The other version is Landscape with Still Life (Collection of Art Gallery of South Australia. Reproduced 1969 Centenary Cat. No. 54)
According to Nancy Moore, a young neighbour at the Croft, "The ottoman in the foreground stood near a window which looked out onto the landscape beyond but there were no trees there, Frances Hodgkins has invented them." In a letter to Karl Hagedorn Frances Hodgkins wrote:
This is Geoffrey Gorer's cottage and 1 have the use of it ... It is a flat rather uninteresting country - green fields, occasional farms - within sight of the Quantoks, 64 miles from Taunton, but a lovely peaceful garden makes up for all the deficiencies."
Collection of Geoffrey Gorer Esq.
Private Collection, Auckland, N.Z
U.K. Arts Council of Great Britain Touring Exhibition, sponsored by Isle of Purbeck Arts Club, Swanage, Bournemouth, Totnes, St Ives. March – May 1948 (No. 5)
Arthur R Howell, Four Vital Years (Rockliff, London 1951) p. 103, p.127
Avenal McKinnon, Frances Hodgkins 1869 - 1947. Whitford and Hughes (London, 1990), No. 20