A printed linen panel entitled 'Maud',
Attributed to Roger Fry.
Manufactured by Besselievre at Maromme Rouen,
For Omega workshops,
('Omega' printed on selvedge)
32 x 36 inches - 81 x 90 cm's.
Florence Hodgkin cousin (by marriage) of Roger Fry and Grandmother to Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Conductor) and Howard Hodgkin (Painter). [Florence was Irish eccentric and the 14th child of 14th child.] By inheritance to Ralph and Marabel Gardner.
Anscombe, Isabelle, 'Omega and After, Bloomsbury and the Decorative Arts', Thames and Hudson, London, 1981, p.28
For Roger Fry's 1917 portrait of Nina Hamnett, see 'Omega Workshops, 1913-1919' London: Crafts Council, 1983, p.91
Hints to Marabel by Florence Hodgkin pub John Lane the Bodley Head, 1934
'Maud' is one of only six designs for Omega Workshops.
The designers were Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, Frederick Etchells and Vanessa Bell.
The private view and opening party for 'Omega' took place on 8th July 1913.
Names for the half-dozen printed linens were supposedly given by the German Ambassador's wife, Princess Lichnowsky, at the opening party.
They were 'White', 'Maud' (named after Lady Cunard), 'Mechtilde' (named after herself), 'Amenophis', 'Margery' and 'Pamela' (the last two named after Fry's sister and daughter).
There is a cushion covered in 'Maud' depicted in Roger Fry's 1917 portrait of Nina Hamnett.