Letters of Frances Hodgkins

Edited by Linda Gill

‘This is a remarkable chronicle of the life and thoughts of an outstandingly achieving woman.’
– Thelma Strongman, The Press

Letters of Frances Hodgkins is a generous selection of letters written by New Zealand's most internationally well-known artist. It shows that Hodgkins deserves not only her considerable reputation as a painter, but also that of a brilliant and engaging writer. The letters reveal Hodgkins' changing moods, impressions and fortunes and provide vivid sketches of the people and landscapes she came across. Spanning from colonial Dunedin to her travels across Europe and North Africa, the letters continue through her final flowering in her 60s and 70s. Linda Gill's careful scholarship and sensitive appreciation of Hodgkins' talents and personality make her introduction and notes the perfect framework for the artist's own words. A chronology, an in-depth bibliography and an index of letter recipients complement the work. Extensively illustrated, with eight pages of colour reproductions of Hodgkins' paintings, Letters of Frances Hodgkins is central to understanding Hodgkins as artist and woman.


Linda Gill was born in London but grew up in Auckland. She has taught French, exhibited her own paintings, travelled in the Himalayas, studied art history, and written and illustrated books on her travels. She is also the author of a book on New Zealand artist Gretchen Albrecht and articles on contemporary New Zealand art.

Finalist, Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 1994.


March 1993, 245 x 175 mm, 594 pages, illustrations
Hardback, ISBN 9781869400811