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Millicent L. Woodforde - 1904 Pen and Ink Drawing, Butterfly

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Millicent L. Woodforde - Original 1904 Pen and Ink Drawing. In fine condition.


Size: 12.4 x 20.4cm (4.9" x 8")

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Millicent Lisle Woodforde 1880-1962. The illustrator and artist Millicent Woodforde is best known for her portrait of the composer Gustav Holst at work in his composing room at St. Paul's Girls' School (1910), which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. She has other works in the Orleans House Gallery including a painting of the staircase at 10 Barnes Terrace, London, which was the home of Holst from 1910 to 1913. Presumably Woodforde and Holst were friends.

Woodforde studied at the Académies Colarossi and Grande Chaumiere in Paris in 1904 and 1905. Almost all the drawings in our collection date from this period. The Académie Colarossi is an art school founded by the Italian sculptor Filippo Colarossi. First located on the Île de la Cité, it moved in the 1870s to 10 rue de la Grande-Chaumière in the VIe arrondissement of Paris, France. The Académie was established in the 19th century as an alternative to the government-sanctioned École des Beaux Arts that had, in the eyes of many promising young artists at the time, become far too conservative. Along with its equivalent Académie Julian, and unlike the official École, the Colarossi school accepted female students and allowed them to draw from the nude male model. Among the female attendees are Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani's muse, and the woman who would become Rodin's source of inspiration: model, confidante and lover, Camille Claudel. Noted also for its classes in life sculpting, the school attracted many foreign students, including a large number from the United States. The Académie de la Grande Chaumière is an art school in the VIe arrondissement of Paris, France. The school was founded in 1902 by the Swiss Martha Stettler (1870–1945), who refused to teach the strict academic rules of painting of the École des Beaux-Arts. It opened the way to the "Art Indépendant" (Independent Art). It was renamed Académie Charpentier in 1957. An attraction of this atelier was the fees, even lower than the Académie Julian (which had to be paid in advance). All that was provided was a model and warmth in the winter.

Woodforde illustrated Monsieur, Madame, and B B . with a Pref. by Camille Doucet and Illus. by Millicent Woodforde, by Gustave Droz. We have illustrated some of the book. We have one copy available as a free gift to the first purchaser of sufficient examples of her work. From an album signed and inscribed Paris, Jan 13. 04. Many are dated on the sheet. Some are inscribed with the Atelier name and the time taken to execute the sketches. Many are double-sided.

See here for an interesting article about Woodforde and her friend Gustav Holst

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Code mc388
Artist Millicent L. Woodforde
Date 1904
Dimensions 12.4 x 20.4cm
Medium Pen and Ink
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