DODGSON, John Arthur

1890 - 1969

Born at Murree, Bengal, India on 13 June and baptised on 11 July 1890, son of Heathfield Butler Dodgson (1863-1937), an Indian Army officer, and his wife Sybil Agnes née Vivian (1862-1936), who married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1889 and John was a nephew of Campbel Dodgson (1862-1948) keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum. After Oxford University 1909-1913 he studied at Slade School of Fine Art 1913-1915 under Henry Tonks (1862-1937). He served in the army during the First World War and carried out a commission for the Imperial War Museum and for a short time in 1919, was assistant director of the National Gallery. Painter, printmaker, teacher and art collector he exhibited at the New English Art Club and the London Group of which he was president 1950-1952. After service in the Second World War he taught at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts 1946-1950 then at Chelsea School of Art 1950-1958. Dodgson's work owes something to the Camden Town and Euston Road traditions and his first solo show was at Claridge Gallery in 1928 and had another at Beaux Art Gallery in 1959. His own studio was burnt down in 1964 and his remaining work is limited. He married at St George's Hanover Square in 1916, Margaret Valentine Pease (1889-1952), and lived at Chelsworth, Suffolk where he died in 1969.

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