Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Jessica Dismorr - British

Jessica DISMORR - POET AND ARTIST - INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN OF WW1

Jessica was a poet, illustrator and painter and a member of the Vorticist Movement.

Jessica was born in Gravesend, Kent on 3rd March 1885.  Her father was a wealthy businessman called John Stewart Dismorr.  The family moved to Hampstead in London shortly after Jessica's birth.

After studying at the Slade School of Art in London Jessica went to study in France before opening her own studio in King's Road, Chelsea.  She met Wyndham Lewis and signed the Vorticist Manifesto in 1914.

During the First World War Jessica nursed in France and then joined the American Friends Service Committee.  Her wartime experiences upset Jessica so much that she had a nervous breakdown in 1920, when her doctors advised her not to paint.   Friends however urged her to continue painting and exhibiting her work, which she did for the remainder of her life.  

Jessica died in London on 29th August 1939.

Picture:  Self Portrait by Jessica Dismorr from Google Images.

Source:  Wikipedia

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