Frances Hodgkins

Portrait of Elsie Barling

Portrait of Elsie Barling by Frances Hodgkins

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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)

Portrait of Elsie Barling
Production date
circa 1931
390 x 295 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Gerald Selby, from the estate of Dorothy Selby, 1954
Accession no
Other ID
54/78 Old Accession Number, 1954/10/2, FH0973 Frances Hodgkins Catalogue Raisonné Number, FH1931_037 Old Frances Hodgkins Number, 29.22 RW Number, 79:11:13A RW Negative Number
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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