Video: Biddy Peppin on the
The Vorticist movement
had two female members, Helen Saunders and Jessica
Dismorr, while Dorothy Shakespear was an unofficial
member. Art Historian Brigid Peppin, a painter and a
relative of Helen Saunders, tours the Tate Britain
Resources on the Female Vorticists _______________________________________
below: Katy Deepwell – Video Lecture
Narratives of Women Artists in/out of Vorticism
of Women Artists in/out of Vorticism
Repositioning Vorticism : Part 10: Vorticism Beyond Painting and Sculpture
Video recordings from the
Women Artists and Modernism
Edited by Katy Deepwell
Manchester University Press 1998
Chapter 2, page 36:
Jane Beckett and Deborah Cherry
Modern Women modern spaces,
women, metropolitan culture and Vorticism
Vorticism: New Perspectives Hardcover
Men's Work? Masculinity and Modernism
Visual culture : images and interpretations
Magazines, and the British avant-garde:
Reading Rhythm, 1910-1914
by Faith Binckes
Oxford English Monographs, 2010
Includes discussion of Jessica Dismorr, Margaret Thompson Zorach, and J.D. Fergusson, their colleague and former instructor.
"This book is a re-examination of the fertile years of early modernism immediately preceding the First World War. During this period, how, where, and under whose terms the avant-garde in Britain would be constructed and consumed were very much to play for. It is the first study to look in detail at two little magazines marginalised from many accounts of this competitive process: Rhythm and the Blue Review." - publisher
Digital facsimiles of Rhythm and Blue Review are both viewable online at :
The Modernist Journals Project
Catherine Elizabeth Heathcock
Jessica Dismorr (1885-1939) :
Artist, Writer, Vorticist
Full text free online
Biography and list of Dismorr's works
University of Birmingham, 1999
Jessica Dismorr and Catherine Giles
The Fine Art Society
by Brigid Peppin
Foreword by Richard Cork
Ashmolean Museum, 1996
ISBN 10: 185444087X
"Since Saunders' early work earned her a respected place in experimental circles, the gathering obscurity of her later years seems cruel. She endured the neglect with uncomplaining stoicism, for her innate warmth prevented her from succumbing to bitterness."
- Richard Cork in the Foreword
The Spectacle of Women:
Imagery of the Suffrage Campaign 1907-14
University of Chicago Press 1988
Many of the suffragists were artists and the design of banners,
posters, pamphlets, lapel pins, tea cups and other merchandise
was an important part of relaying the message of suffrage. This
book covers the effectiveness of the visual campaign employed
by the suffrage movement.
A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies
Summer 1992, 4.2: 100-133.
"Militant Discourse, Strange Bedfellows:
Suffragettes and Vorticists before the War."
by Janet Lyon
Article on the suffrage movement and developments in art before World War I. Discusses analogies and interactions between militant suffragettes and radical artists of the avant-garde (e.g. vorticists, futurists). [Note: compares the language of the suffragettes to the language of Blast, etc.]
Univ of Delaware Press 2009
The Travel Writings of Marguerite Thompson Zorach (1908-1915)
Edited by Efram L. Burk
This volume features thirty art-related travel articles by the American modern artist, Marguerite Thompson Zorach (1887-1968), reprinted for the first time since they appeared in her hometown newspaper, the "Fresno Morning Republican", from 1908-15, the period that corresponds to when she was studying art in Paris at La Palette and traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Her writings relate to the cities, museums, and cultures in her whirlwind Grand Tour to which she brought incisive and critical commentary. The accompanying essay examines her life in Paris, the people she met, and the art she was exposed to, and how all of this helped shape her own work and identity as a woman artist, a world traveler, and an American. In her travels and activities as an artist, Thompson pushed the perceived boundaries of gender conventions and stereotypes during the first decades of the twentieth century. - Publisher
The Early Years, 1908-1920.
Tarbell, Roberta K. & Taylor, Joshua C.
National Collection of Fine Arts
Smithsonian Institution Press
Washington, D.C., 1973
77 pages. 1974 Exhibition Catalogue. 3 color plates, 42 b&w illustrations.
Marguerite Zorach (a.k.a. Margaret Thompson) studied with Jessica
Dismorr & traveled with her in Europe on drawing trips. More
information on Marguerite Zorach is on the website of William and
Marguerite Zorach: http://www.exitfive.com/zorach/marguerite.html
Richard A. Warren at wordpress.com
includes Images and texts by and about
Helen Saunders and Jessica Dismorr
AND ABSTRACT ART
IN THE FIRST MACHINE AGE
Vol. I: Origins and Development
Vol. II: Synthesis and Decline
by Richard Cork
University of California Press, 1976.
"The first complete survey and critical evaluation of the vorticist movement in England."
Flashpoint Magazine: a Journal of the Arts and Politics - Issue #17