Francis Dodd was an artist and printmaker specialising in portraiture and landscapes. He was born in Holyhead, Wales in 1874. He went to study at the Glasgow School of Art; he then won a scholarship enabling him to travel around France, Italy and Spain.
He returned from his travels and settled in London, where he became a trustee of the Tate Gallery and was elected to the Royal Academy.
Dodd was well known for portraits of eminent academics and writers, including AE Housman, Sir Almroth Wright, Virginia Woolf and Sir Arthur Evans.
During the First World War he served on the Western Front in France, and was an Official War Artist painting senior military figures. He also documented the efforts in the Second World War, selling works to the War Artists Advisory Committee.
Just five weeks after getting married for the second time in January 1949, Dodd took his own life in his home in Blackheath,