Catherine Dawson Giles (1878 - 1955)

Crucifixion, 1936

SKU: 10347



Height – 58.4cm x Width – 67.9cm


G.R.Levy;Lois Lang-Sims;John Quentin

Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, et al. Women Only Works on Paper. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p. 47.

Catherine Giles exhibited with the Roman Catholic Guild of Artists alongside Glyn Philpot and Eric
Gill in the 1930s. This composition was presented by Giles to Gertrude Rachel Levy (1883-1966) who
commissioned a similar work in tempera for Seaford Church in 1936. Levy was a British author and
cultural historian who wrote about comparative mythology, matriarchy, epic poetry and archaeology.
Using the faintest of outlines in pencil, the composition is constructed in bold, flat planes of gouache.
The ground of the buff coloured paper is left bare in parts to create areas of flesh colour and folds in
the drapery, as well as the form of the landscape behind.

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Catherine Dawson Giles
Catherine Dawson
1878 - 1955

Catherine Dawson Giles was born on July 31, 1878 in Lewisham in south-east London, 1878. She attended Goldsmiths, University of London in New Cross in 1900 and later the Royal Academy. Giles studied with the American painter Max Bohm in Etaples, France, as part of the Etaples art colony. In 1904 she met the English painter and illustrator Jessica Dismorr, a fellow student at Etaples, with whom she became lifelong friends.

Giles exhibited with the New English Art Club in the 1920s and had a one-woman show of watercolours and gouaches at the Claridge Galleries. She exhibited with the Roman Catholic Guild of Artists with Glyn Philpot and Eric Gill in the 1930s. The art of Dismorr and Giles was shown in a joint exhibition at the Fine Art Society, London, in 2000.