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Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades:
Christmas Card 1936
Unmounted (ref: 5823)
Signed, dated, inscribed with all good wishes from Joan & Geoffrey Rhoades, Christmas 1936
Pencil, pen and ink, collage
11 x 17 in. (28 x 43.2 cm)
Geoffrey Rhoades married Joan Jenner in the mid 1930's. They met at a Royal College Ball. Although Geoffrey studied at the Slade (more prestigeous than the College at the time) one of his intimate friends, Percy Horton, was at the College. Geoffrey, Percy, his wife Lydia and Joan became very close friends until the end of their lives.
Joan came from Lewes in Sussex, was very intelligent, only not experiencing university education because her divorced parents could not afford it. She made a distinguished career as a secretary, her final appointment being as secretary to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford with Percy Horton as Ruskin Master.
This design shows Geoffrey seated at his easle painting en plein air, (in the middle ground behind the bull).