Roger Fry, Bloomsbury, Transfer Lithography and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection

Roger Fry, “St Jacques, Dieppes”, 1927

Richard Howells, CMCI’s Professor of Cultural Sociology has a new research article published on Roger Fry, Bloomsbury, and transfer lithography.  Here, he has filled a gap in the existing literature, locating Fry’s use of the medium within the context of Bloomsbury innovation before the Second World War.

Special attention is then paid to the 13 Fry lithographs in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection, donated by Rex Nan Kivell and Pamela Diamand, the artist’s daughter. He shows why these items by a very English artist were donated to a museum in New Zealand, especially by his only daughter in the UK. It concludes by considering the importance of these lithographs, arguing ultimately that they should be understood within the context of Roger Fry rather than simply by viewing the artist within the context of Bloomsbury.
Richard’s students will already be aware of his interest in Fry and Bloomsbury, and one of his recent MA Visual Culture students, Lina Fradin, is acknowledged for her help in identifying one of the scenes depicted in Paris.
The full citation is: Richard Howells, “Roger Fry, Bloomsbury and Transfer Lithography” in Tuhinga: Records of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 31, 2020, pp 5-18. ISSN: 1173-4337.

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