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Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898-1980)   BIOGRAPHY

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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).



Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898-1980)

Painter in oil, watercolour, pen and ink and sepia, and teacher. Born in London, Rhoades studied painting at Clapham Art School 1915-7, then after World War I service in the Mercantile Marine attended the Slade School of Fine Art under Henry Tonks 1919-23. His landsapes, figure studies and flower paintings reflect his love of natural history and interest in the classical world. When Rhoades left the Slade Tonks said: "You've something I haven't - imagination," and Rhoades' inner life did nourish his work throughout his career. His pictures are unmistakeably English in their understatedness. In the mid-1920s Rhoades completed murals and other work for the owners of Stoke Rochford House, in Lincolnshire. He then held a series of teaching posts, notably at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, 1953-72. He exhibited at the NEAC, RI and Goupil Gallery and had one-man shows at Maltzahn Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, Mall Galleries and Sally Hunter Fine Art, 1987. The Tate Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and provincial galleries hold his work. Lived at Cuddington, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

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