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Portraits of Women: Gwen John and Her Forgotten Contemporaries

ISBN: 978-0-7456-1828-9
272 pages
November 1996, Polity
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This is the first major group study of the lives and work of Edna Clarke Hall, Gwen John, Ida Nettleship and Gwen Smith whose work constitutes a previously neglected area of twentieth century British Art.
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List of Illustrations.

Introduction.

1. Students (1893-1898).

2. Broken Promises (1898-1905).

3. Duty and Devotion (1905-1914).

4. Whistling in the Dark (1914-1932).

5. Growing Old (1932-1979).

Epilogue.

Notes.

Select Bibliography.

Index.
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Alison Thomas is a Lecturer at the Cambridge Center for Sixth Form Studies.
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* The first major group study of the lives and work of Edna Clarke Hall, Gwen John, Ida Nettleship and Gwen Smith.
* Based upon material drawn from a wide range of previously unpublished journals, diaries and well illustrated often presenting previously unseen photos and works.
* The first major group study of the lives and work of Edna Clarke Hall, Gwen John, Ida Nettleship and Gwen Smith.
* Based upon material drawn from a wide range of previously unpublished journals, diaries and well illustrated often presenting previously unseen photos and works.
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"Portraits of Women is carefully researched and sympathetically written, and comes as a timely reminder of that talented group of half-forgotten women artists, led by Edna Clarke Hall, who were at the Slade School of Fine Art with Gwen and Augustus John. A hundred years after those student days, they still command our interest." Michael Holroyd

"This is an informative book ... her bleak chronicle of the women's attempts to keep working though babies, loss of love, loss of money and loss of confidence, is an eye-opening analysis of the social and psychological reasons why so many female artists do not fulfil their promise. The book provides a significant addition to the information we have about these artists and their artistic practice the material could be used in several ways by history students." The Art Book

"The project offers the long-overdue prospect of tracing a network of shared professional interests and friendship throughout the four women's careers ... Thomas draws on some fascinating source material; art, letters and writings which have not been accessible are now made available to a wider audience. Especially illuminating are descriptions of the quantity and variety of work produced by Gwen Smith and Edna Clarke Hall." Art History

"A main attraction is the amount of quotation made from unpublished sources." The Oxford Art Journal

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