Oil on canvas by Fracis Dodd RA (1874-1949)
This painting is a frustration. Tantalisingly called Elms in the Suburbs by the artist I have spent many a fruitless hour online scrolling through old photographs of schools, churches and convents in an attempt to positively identify it. Best suggestion so far is Dulwich Prep but I’m sceptical. Any suggestions?
The artist, Francis Dodd had mentored Henry Lamb in the early years of the 20th century. In turn Lamb introduced him to the sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, Dodd’s portrait of Virginia now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London. He enjoyed a successful commercial career, respected as a fine draughtsman and etcher, ending up as a trustee of the Tate Gallery in the 1930s.