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Jessica Dismorr
Dates: British, 1885 - 1939
Biographical Account:

Jessica Dismorr was a painter and illustrator.


She was born in 1885 in Gravesend, Kent to Australian parents. In the 1890s the family moved to Hampstead in London.


She went on to study at the Slade School of Art in London, then under Max Bohm at Etaples in France and later at the Academie de la Palette in Paris with Jean Metzinger.


In 1913, Dismorr met the Vorticist artist Percy Wyndham Lewis, they became very close friends. She was one of only two women to be members of the Vorticist movement.


At the outbreak of the First World War, she travelled to France to become a nurse with the American Friends Services Committee. Shortly after she had a nervous breakdown, which was triggered by her experiences of war.


She continued to paint and exhibit after the war, painting portraits of poets in her studio on King's Road in Chelsea. By the 1930s her painting style had changed and became completely abstract.


On 19 August 1939 she committed suicide.
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