Phyllis Dodd achieved considerable success from early on in her prolific career. Studying at the Liverpool School of Art from 1917‚Äì21, she received a Royal Exhibition Scholarship and attended the Royal College of Art for four years ‚Äì alongside Henry Moore (1898‚Äì1986), Raymond Coxon (1896‚Äì1997) and Edna Ginesi (1902‚Äì2000), with whom she would remain friends for the rest of her life ‚Äì winning the Drawing Prize in her final year. She was thee wife of fellow artist Douglas Percy Bliss (1900-1984). In 1989, the Hatton Gallery at Newcastle University held a large retrospective exhibition to celebrate her ninetieth birthday. This is an early work, probably made during the mid 1920s.