Francis Edwin Hodge (1881-1949)
Decorative artist and portrait painter born in Plymouth, Devon and educated at Westminster School of Art where his tutors included Frank Brangwyn and Augustus John before furthering his studies at the Slade School of Fine Art and in Paris. He later assisted Gerald Moira at the Royal College of Art and showed at the Royal Academy, International Society of Sculptors, Painters & Gravers, New English Art Club, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, USA, Paris Salon and at the Royal Society of British Artists who elected him a member in 1915. He also showed at the Chenil Gallery, Cooling Galleries, Grosvenor Gallery, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Goupil Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, New English Art Club and at the Royal Scottish Academy.
Hodge who enlisted in the Artists' Rifles saw active service in World War I as a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery and later published watercolours relating to his battle experiences in France. Examples of his work are in the collection of Bewdley Museum, Burgh House, Hampstead, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster Museum Service, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Imperial War Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, National Trust, Plymouth Art Gallery, Royal Air Force Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal West of England Academy, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Southampton Art Gallery, Usher Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. Government records give his birth year as 1881 not 1883 as is regularly cited.