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Dismorr, Jessica (1885-1939)
by Scholes, Robert

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Jessica Dismorr (1885-1939)

She was born in Gravesend, Kent. Her family moved to Hampstead in the 1890s. She was at the Slade School in 1902 and 1903, and later studied with Max Bohm. In 1910 she was in Paris, where she attended the Académie de la Palette, where she worked with Metzinger, J-E Blanche, and J. D. Fergusson. She did illustrations for the magazine Rhythm in 1911, but then moved back to London where she met Wyndham Lewis and joined his Rebel Art Centre, later signing the Vorticist manifesto and exhibiting with the Vorticists.She also published poetry and prose in Blast. During World War I she served as a volunteer in France, and after the war her work became more and more abstract. She was elected a member of the London Group in 1925, and showed with the Allied Artists' Association in their abstract show in 1937.

(The information above is partly drawn from Penny Dunford's Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America since 1850, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990.)

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