Mill Lane, Cerne Abbas signed and dated 'Frances Hodgkins/1943' (lower right); bears title (on board verso), gouache and pencil 49.5 x 68cm (19 1/2 x 26 3/4in).
PROVENANCE: Gifted to the vendor's mother in law by the family of the artist and thence by descent
Frances Hodgkins went briefly to Cerne Abbas towards the end of her life in September 1943. Her studio in Corfe Castle had been damaged that summer - the stone roof had slid off thought to have been possibly loosened by heavy tank traffic. In letters to the current vendor's mother in law Frances Hodgkins describes Cerne as " a sweet wee place-Some haughty houses-mostly empty-in purist period dignity, a few Inns- duck pond & that's about all- but enough- set in brownish landscape, brooded over by a mysterious giant cut in the limestone over the village " She also notes " Cerne Abbas is complete ( sic ) Anti war .....I came here- despairing - tired out and hopeless- but a few good nights' rest & wholesome food here worked miracles...."