Francis Dodd (1874 - 1949)

Portrait – possibly of the artist’s younger brother, 1913

SKU: 1066
Signed and dated in the plate, signed in the margin in pencil
Etching, 13 1/2 x 16 in. (34.3 x 40.5 cm.)


Height – 34.3cm x Width – 40.5cm


Raymond Sheppard

Provenance: Raymond Sheppard

Dodd only worked rarely in a landscape format – this striking portrait is likely to be that of
David Drummond Bone 2nd plate (CD 62) . The other portrait by Dodd in a landscape format is that of William Burton MA FCS (CD 93) 254 x 305 mm.  It has been suggested that this could be Muirhead’s younger brother John.

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Francis Dodd
1874 - 1949

Draughtsman, painter and printmaker, especially of portraits, born at Holyhead , Anglesey. Studied at Glasgow School of Art under Fra Newbery and Archibald Kay, winning the Haldane Scholarship in 1893, travelling to France, Italy and later to Spain. For about 10 years from 1895 lived in Manchester, then settled in Blackheath in southeast London, which he often painted and drew. Dodd was an Official War Artist during World War I and was a trustee of the Tate Gallery, 1928-35, being elected RA in 1935. Dodd exhibited extensively at NEAC, RA and RWS and at many other venues and his work is in a number of British public collections, including Tate Gallery, in South Africa and Australia. His work is comparable to that of his brother-in-law, Muirhead Bone, although Dodd can be lively and perceptive portrait painter: witness his portraits of the critic Edward Garnett in the Tate Gallery and the painter Henry Lamb in Manchester’s City Art Gallery. A retrospective of Dodd’s work was held at Cheltenham in 1944. Memorial shows took place at Bluecoat School, Liverpool, 1949, and South London Art Gallery, 1950.