from the Modernist Journals Project (modjour.org)
She was born in Gravesend,
Kent. Her family moved to Hampstead in the 1890s.
She was at the Slade
(The MJP information
above is partly drawn from Penny Dunford's Biographical
Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and
America since 1850, Harvester Wheatsheaf,
Magazines, and the British avant-garde: Reading
Rhythm, 1910-1914 by Faith Binckes
covers Dismorr's connections with Anne Estelle Rice,
J.D. Fergusson, et al and Rhythm magazine. In
Footnote 32, we find quotes from hard-to-find
Dismorr gallery exhibition catalogues:
Jessica Dismorr (London: Mayor Gallery, 1925)
Left: cover of
Rhythm ( Vol. 1 No. 2 )
London: The Saint Catherine Press
Select contributions of Jessica Dismorr
to Rhythm magazine
Rhythm ( Vol. 1 No. 4 ) , p. 31
London: The Saint Catherine Press, Spring 1912
Modernist Journals Project
Rhythm ( Vol. 1 No. 1 ) p. 13
London: The Saint Catherine Press, Summer 1911
Modernist Journals Project
Above Left: Self-Portrait from
Richard A. Warren's Blog 'Jessie
Dismorr - A Little Gallery'
Above Right: Design (1915) and The Engine (1915) from BLAST.
Landscape: Edinburgh Castle 1914-15
Jessica Dismorr; Victoria and Albert Museum
via BBC:Women of the Vortex
The Conversation - Dismorr
The Tyro ( Vol. 1, No. 2 ), London: Egoist Press, 1922
Modernist Journals Project (image 71)
Rhythm - Header and Footer Drawings - Dismorr and Thompson
Below: samples of header and footer drawings for Rhythm, by Jessie Dismorr and her American artist friend Margaret Thompson. Dismorr and Thompson both attended the art school La Palette, along with William Zorach, who later became Thompson's husband. Thompson (later Zorach) and her husband both exhibited in the famous Armory Show of 1913 in New York City.
Above - miscellaneous small header &
footer drawings from Rhythm magazine 1911.
via modernist journals project
Left: Jessie Dismorr, Right: Margaret Thompson, ( also kknown as Margaret Zorach, and Marguerite Zorach)
The Tyro ( Vol. 1, No. 2 )
London: Egoist Press, 1922
Below: Jessica Dismorr's review of
a Russian Art Show at Whitechapel
Gallery in 1922.
Her work 'The Conversation' also
appeared in this issue,along with
work of other vorticist artists such
as Frederick Etchells and William
via Modernist Journals Project
Includes a hand-written version of 'MATINEE' on the first page
full free digital facsimile available
from the John Henry Bradley Storrs Papers
The Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Below: A printed version of 'MATINEE'
by Jessica (Jessie) Dismorr
The Little Review ( Vol. 4, No. 11 )
New York: Margaret C. Anderson, 1918-03
full free digital access via The Modernist Journals Project
Partial Catalogue List
(not including group shows)
-- Jessica Dismorr (London: Mayor Gallery, 1925)
-- Jessica Dismorr, 1885-1939: Paintings and Drawings. Catalogue to an exhibition held at the Mayor Gallery, South Molton St, London, 28 April-15 May 1965.
-- Jessica Dismorr and her Circle, foreword by Quentin Stevenson. Catalogue to an exhibition held at the Archer Gallery, Grafton St, London, 2-29 February 1972.
-- Jessica Dismorr: Paintings c.1920-30, introduction and chronology by Quentin Stevenson. Catalogue to an exhibition held at the Marjorie Parr Gallery, King's Rd, Chelsea, London, 7-29 September 1973.
-- Jessica Dismorr, 1885-1939: Oils, Watercolours, Drawings, Catalogue to an exhibition held at the Mercury Gallery, Cork St, London, April3-4 May 1974.
-- Jessica Dismorr & Catherine Giles, the Fine Art Society, London, 19 June-21 July 2000.
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