Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Phyliss Dodd (1899-1995)   BIOGRAPHY

Reading Boswell, 1947
Framed (ref: 7626)
Oil on canvas,
20 x 24 in. (51 x 61 cm.)


Exhibited: RGI 1947; Royal Academy, 1947. Hatton Gallery 1989, cat no. 37
Literature: Prudence Bliss, A retrospective Exhibition of the Work of Phylis Dodd

Dodd moved to Glasgow in November 1946.  The painting is a study of her mother-in-law, made during the very hard winter of 1947, when the best means of ensuring that the old lady was warm was to encourage her to stay in bed!  Douglas Percy Bliss, her son, is seen from behind reading one of her favourite books to her.

We are grateful to Prudence Bliss for assistance.


Phyllis Dodd (1899-1995)

Painter, born in Chester who studied firstly at Liverpool School of Art 1917-21 and after winning a Royal Exhibition scholarship spent a further four years at the RCA in the company of her life-long friends Henry Moore, Raymond Coxon and Edna Ginesi. 

After gaining her diploma and winning the Drawing Prize in her final year she went on to teach part-time at Walthamstow Technical College 1925-30. 

Dodd exhibited at the RA, NEAC, RP, RSA and at the Walker Art Gallery. Her ninetieth birthday was celebrated with a major retrospective exhibition held at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University in November 1989. 
Married to the artist Douglas Percy Bliss, she held a joint exhibition with him at Derby Art Gallery, 1947. In the year of her death, a retrospective exhibition of her work was held at Newport Art Gallery who also have a fine portrait example in their collection as do Hull University. Her daughter was the artist Rosalind Bliss.

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