Private Collection

Phyllis Dodd
(1899 - 1995)

Reading Boswell, 1947

SKU: 7626
Oil on canvas,
20 x 24 in. (51 x 61 cm.)

Height – 51cm
Width – 61cm


Exhibited: RGI 1947; Royal Academy, 1947. RSA 1948 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.

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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.


Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Prudence on Pegasus, 1937-38
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Portrait of Douglas Percy Bliss
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Self Portrait, 1925
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Portrait of a Young Woman (possibly Muriel Minter), early 1920s
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
In the Pentlands, oil on George Rowney Birchmore Board
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Reading Boswell, 1947