Willetts-Dickinson, Phoebe

(1917 – 1978)

A Corner of the Artist's Studio with paintbox on a Windsor chair, late 30's


SKU: 7808

Oil on canvas

Height: 49.5cm
Width: 40.6cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s family

Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.69.

The ad hoc use of a Windsor Chair to support a paint box,  with a lectern alongside which logically  might have been used  for transcribing drawings onto the canvas on the easel above, suggests a makeshift studio arranged in  the student lodgings. Willets  attended the Royal Academy Schools between 1934 and 1940.

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Willetts-Dickinson, Phoebe

1917 – 1978

Phoebe Willetts-Dickinson studied at the Birmingham School
of Art and the Royal Academy Schools between 1934 and 1940.
She served in the land army during WWII and in 1942 married
conscientious objector Alfred Willetts. 

She was a lifelong campaigner for peace, social justice and
the ordination of women ‘ issues which influenced many of
her paintings. After taking part in demonstrations to block the
entrance to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at
Foulness Island, she spent six months in prison for a nuclear
disarmament protest in April 1960. 

In 1966 she was ordained as a Deaconess in the Church of
England, and as part of her campaign for the ordination of women
priests she defied Church authority in 1978 to become the first
female to concelebrate communion in an English parish church.
Although she died just seven weeks later, her writing on
women’s call to priesthood was published as a book, Sharing a
, in 1979.


Phoebe Willetts-Dickinson
A Corner of the Artist’s Studio with paintbox on a Windsor chair, late 30’s