11 April 2016


Trying to find out more about Flora Lion and Anna Airy led to the discovery of a third completely overlooked First World World War painter, Dorothy Coke (1897-1979, it’s pleasing that all three artists had long lives). But of course this is entirely our ignorance as Dorothy Coke has not been ignored by the cognoscenti – Neil Jennings had an exhibition of her work at the Artworkers Guild in the late autumn of 2014, and there was a retrospective at The Grange Art Gallery in Rottingdean last summer (she taught at Brighton from 1939-67 and lived in Eley Crescent, Rottingdean throughout her working life). Wounded Men on Duppas Hill, Croydon 1918 is a watercolour showing ‘soldiers resting in a park on a bright day. They are the war-wounded wearing their distinctive uniform, some with crutches, others bandaged limbs’ Imperial War Museum, Dorothy Coke was only 21 when she drew this.