Nina Hamnett by Alicia Foster - New book announced!

Hot on the heels of our latest launch of Eileen Agar by Laura Smith, on Valentines Day we officially announced the SEVENTH book in the Modern Women Artists series to be published on 2 April 2021:

Nina Hamnett by Alicia Foster.


Nina Hamnett (14 February 1890 - 16 December 1956) was a brilliant painter of still-life and portraiture, a witty, often acerbic illustrator of modern life, and a designer for the Omega Workshops established by members of the Bloomsbury Group.


Part of the Avant-Garde circles of the 1920s, she was a central figure in the Parisian and London art scenes and counted Henri Gaudier-Breszca, Amedeo Modigliani and Roger Fry amongst her friends. But her bohemian lifestyle became - in her later years - more widely known than her art, and her tragic early death meant her legacy as a talented artist has been almost entirely overlooked...until now.


Rupert Doone by Nina Hamnett (1922-23) Doncaster Art Gallery © The Estate of the Artist/ Bridgeman Images

Dr Alicia Foster is an art historian, curator and novelist. She curated the first ever museum show of Jessica Dismorr's work in 2019 at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and wrote the accompanying catalogue. Previous publications include Gwen John (Tate, third edition, 2015) and the first complete survey of women artist's in Tate's collections - Tate Women Artists (Tate, 2004). Her novel Warpaint was published by Penguin/Figtree in 2013. She is a regular contributor to ArtUK and is currently working on her second novel.



Nina Hamnett by Alicia Foster will be the seventh book in the Modern Women Artists series of collectable books which reveal an alternative history of art, telling the stories of important female artists whose art might otherwise be overlooked, overshadowed or forgotten. The full series is available directly from Eiderdown Books here, or from your local independent bookseller.