Dodd, Phyllis

(1899 – 1995)

'Buffins','Gin' and 'Tops'


Pencil on paper

1 in stock


The Artist’s Studio

Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.210.

Gin is Edna Ginesi. Of remote Italian descent, Edna Ginesi was born in Leeds on 15 February 1902. She studied at Leeds College of Art 1920-1 where she met the artist Raymond Coxon (1896-1997) whom she was to marry in 1926. Both Coxon and Ginesi attended the Royal College of Art in London from 1921 to 1925 where, along with Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Vivian Pitchforth, they formed what was known as ‘the Leeds table’

Buggins was Horace Brooke a painter and printmaker who worked largely as a commercial artist. Brought up in Yorkshire, he attended Ossett Municipal Technical School and Leeds College of Art where his peers included Raymond Coxon and Henry Moore and Royal College of Art. He exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and elsewhere and lived in St Albans, Hertfordshire. During World War I Brooke saw action with the Yorkshire ‘Green Howards’) and then he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, 176th Machine Gun Company, 38th (Welsh) Division. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery during. Having attained the rank of Sergeant in 1917 he was court-martialled and reduced to the rank of Corporal only to be promoted back to sergeant in late October 1918.

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Horace Brooke – late 1920s

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Dodd, Phyllis

1899 – 1995

Phyllis Dodd achieved considerable success from early on in
her prolific career. Studying at the Liverpool School of Art from
1917’21, she received a Royal Exhibition Scholarship and
attended the Royal College of Art for four years ‘ alongside Henry
Moore (1898’1986), Raymond Coxon (1896’1997) and Edna
Ginesi (1902’2000), with whom she would remain friends for the
rest of her life ‘ winning the Drawing Prize in her final year. 

From 1925 to 1930 she taught part-time at Walthamstow
Technical College. In 1928, she married the artist Douglas
Percy Bliss (1900’1984) and they worked alongside each other,
exhibiting together at Derby Art Gallery in 1947. She also
exhibited at the NEAC, the RA, the RP, the Walker Art Gallery
and the RSA, and in 1989 the Hatton Gallery at Newcastle
University held a large retrospective exhibition to celebrate her
ninetieth birthday.