Dorothy Kate RICHMOND

Dorothy Kate RICHMOND

It is thought that Dorothy Kate Richmond and Miss W K RICHMOND may possibly be the same artist.

Dorothy Kate Richmond, daughter of J C Richmond, was born in Auckland and in her girlhood was taken on a Grand Tour which included European schooling and two years at the Slade. After her father's death, she again left for Europe a year or so before Frances HODGKINS [NAG 1902] set out. The two women (who do not seem to have met before) agreed by letter to join forces in the summer of 1901 at Norman GARSTIN's class in Normandy. So began a close friendship. Hodgkins admired Richmond's beauty, her knowledge of books and languages, her charm and generosity, but considered that her painting lacked 'fire and originality'. They travelled in France, Italy, England and Holland, returning to New Zealand together at the end of 1903. In Wellington they held a joint exhibition, and for two years seem to have shared a studio. Their paths diverged when Hodgkins returned to Europe in 1906, while Miss Richmond remained in Wellington to enjoy a long and successful career.