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Frances Hodgkins

The Potters c.1923

Watercolour & gouache, 47 x 48 cm


In 1922 Frances Hodgkins moved to the Cotswolds town of Burford about twenty miles from Oxford. There she rented an old barn, which was to serve both as a studio and her living quarters. She was determined to make the barn into a ‘Hodgkins centre’, where pupils could rally round and immerse themselves in art. Hodgkins continued to hold regular art classes and students soon flocked to the small town of Burford.

On the 1st of May, 1923 Frances Hodgkins wrote from her studio in St. Lawrence’s Street to her friends Hannah Ritchie and Jane Saunders:

Amy Krauss suggests coming for the summer with a crate of Pottery and her wheel and setting up business and teaching – I am finding her a shop front – It will be invigorating for Burford.

In a letter to Hannah Ritchie in June, 1923 there is further news of Amy Krauss’s move to Burford.

….. Miss Krauss comes next month. She has got a shop – discovered where to get clay for nothing – where to build a field-furnace – and seems likely to make a good thing of it….

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Written by Grace Alty & Jonathan Gooderham
Edited by Jemma Field


Provenance

Collection of Sir Ronald Scott, Christchurch

Private Collection, Auckland

Exhibited

Wellington, N.Z. New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Frances Hodgkins People, December 2017 - February 2018

Literature

Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Frances Hodgkins People, (New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington 2017)

Illustrated

The Dominion, 1992

Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Frances Hodgkins People, (New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington 2017) p.25