Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Artist sketching in a Harbour

SKU: 5876
Pen and ink, watercolour
7 x 6 in. (17.8 x 15.2 cm)

Height – 17.8cm x Width – 15.2cm


The Artist’s Son

Geoffrey Rhoadeswas a keen plantsman. a passion he shared  which Charles Mahoney, Edward Bawden, John Nash, and Evelyn Dunbar.  This group regularly swapped cuttings with each other and cultivated their favoured plants in their gardens and recorded them in paintings and drawings.  Illustrations were produced for a variety of projects including  Christmas cards  which the artists sent to each other, and books – Mahoney and Dunbar published Gardeners’ Choice in 1937 and Nash English Garden Flowers,  published by Duckworth, London, in 1948.

Exhibited: Sanctuary, Artist-Gardeners, 1919-39, Garden Museum, London, 25th February – 5 April, 2020

Literature: Christopher Woodward, Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners, 1919–1939, published by Liss Llewellyn, 2020

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Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades
Geoffrey Hamilton
1898 - 1980

Painter in oil, watercolour, pen and ink and sepia, and teacher. Born in London, Rhoades studied painting at Clapham Art School 1915-7, then after World War I service in the Mercantile Marine attended the Slade School of Fine Art under Henry Tonks 1919-23. His landsapes, figure studies and flower paintings reflect his love of natural history and interest in the classical world. When Rhoades left the Slade Tonks said: “You’ve something I haven’t – imagination,” and Rhoades’ inner life did nourish his work throughout his career. His pictures are unmistakeably English in their understatedness. In the mid-1920s Rhoades completed murals and other work for the owners of Stoke Rochford House, in Lincolnshire. He then held a series of teaching posts, notably at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, 1953-72. He exhibited at the NEAC, RI and Goupil Gallery and had one-man shows at Maltzahn Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, Mall Galleries and Sally Hunter Fine Art, 1987. The Tate Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and provincial galleries hold his work. Lived at Cuddington, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.


SKU: 9677

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Nursing Mother, c. 1938, set of nine working proofs


SKU: 9592

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Nursing Mother, c. 1938, set of 2


SKU: 6972

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Greetings from Joan, Geoffrey & Peter Rhoades


SKU: 6500

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Study for a mural design, circa 1920


SKU: 6219

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Greetings from Joan, Geoffrey & Peter Rhoades


SKU: 6093

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Nursing Mother, c. 1938


SKU: 5871

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Sheet of studies: Portrait of a young girl and study of Broom


SKU: 5823

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Christmas Card 1936


SKU: 5814

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

The Artist Reading in his Studio, 1930’s


SKU: 5509

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)



SKU: 5510

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Narcissi and ferns in a vase, circa 1950


SKU: 1726

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Bathers circa 1925