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Modern & Contemporary Art

John Dodgson 1890-1969


John Dodgson was born in India the son of an Indian Army officer. He was the nephew of Campbell Dodgson, keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. After Oxford, he studied at the Slade from 1913-1915 under Henry Tonks and then served in the army during World War I as well as carrying out a commission for the Imperial War Museum (Study for Motor Transport Troops and German Prisoners: Chaulnes, Autumn 1918).

Dodgson was a painter, printmaker teacher and art collector. His work was influenced by the Camden Town and Euston Road schools. After service during the second world war he taught at Camberwell School of Arts from 1946-50 and then at Chelsea School of Art 1950-58. He exhibited at the NEAC and at the London Group where he was president 1950-52.

For many years John Dodgson and his wife lived in Chelsworth in Suffolk. However, in 1964 his studio burnt down and remaining work is very limited. He died at Chelsworth in 1969.