CONTEXTUAL RESEARCH WEEK 10 : Researching artists : Phoebe Dickinson

CONTEXTUAL RESEARCH WEEK 10 : Researching artists : Phoebe Dickinson

2nd November 2019

In June 2019 I started my MA with Falmouth university as part of an accredited education programme.




Phoebe Dickinson first came on to my radar with her portrait of the Cholmonderley children at Houghton Hall , which was part of the the BP portrait award exhibition last year at the national portrait gallery. I was captivated by the image, that showed a perfectly beautiful combination of classical elegance and painting techniques, paired with modern day, the children stood on furniture, barefoot, and wearing jeans, up close it was just stunning, and not like anything I had really seen before, despite having visited many galleries all over Europe. This juxtaposition of classical beauty , or as someone described it to me recently “oldy-worldy-charm” and children living into todays modern world is very relevant to my own work with children .


The Cholmondeley children © Phoebe Dickinson

Portfolio : Figures : The Cholmondeley Children : ( First accessed 23.11.19)


the-bamford-grandchildren-at-daylesford-house © Phoebe Dickinson

Phoebe Dickinson : Portfolio : Figures : The Bambford grandchildren at Daylesford house : (First accessed 23.11.2019)

I also love Phoebe’s depictions of landscapes and place, reminiscent of classic children’s literature, quintessential English gardens in stories like Frances hodgsens’ the secret garden, or Louisa may ascots’ little women .


windy-beach-day © Phoebe Dickinson


the-garden-door © Phoebe Dickinson


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This blog is written as part of my studies on the Falmouth University photography ma, an accredited educational programme.