Portrait of Elsie Barling

circa 1931
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circa 1931
Brief Description
This portrait of Hodgkins’ friend, Elsie Barling, was done when they were staying in a cottage in Sussex around 1931. According to Barling, she was descending the little winding staircase, and the artist asked to stay where she was for a moment while she drew her. The work was later given to a fellow guest, Dorothy Selby, with the inscription ‘Of a friend to a friend by a friend’. Hodgkins had a great love of patterned fabrics, which must have been of considerable help when she worked for six months in Manchester as a fabric designer in 1925. (Frances Hodgkins - Leitmotif, 2005)
390 x 295 mm
Signed lower right: Frances Hodgkins
Inscribed (on mount; no longer in situ): To Dorothy Selby Xmas 1931 To a friend of a friend by a friend
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Gerald Selby, from the estate of Dorothy Selby, 1954
Subject person
Miss Dorothy Selby, acquired from the artist.
Presented to Auckland City Art Gallery (now Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki), New Zealand, by Mr Gerald Selby on behalf of the Estate of Dorothy Selby, 1954.


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