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 Frances Mildred Lithecke Geddes  (1888 - 1947)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: painting, crafts

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The following material was submitted by Simon Chiu in July of 2006:

The daughter of a British father and a Canadian mother, Frances was born in Clyde, New York, on November 6, 1888.  She grew  up in England, studying at Oxford and continuing at the Slade School  of Art in London, with Sir Henry Tonks. Geddes went to Ontario, Canada, where she studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto with George Agnew Reid and John William Beatty, and later went to the Art Students League in New York to study with Kenneth Hayes Miller and Dimitri Romanoffski.  She taught for two years at the Ontario College of Art and traveled in Europe, Canada and the U.S. 

Circa 1923 she and her husband, the photographer Lewis John Geddes moved to Los Angeles, California.  After five years there, they moved to San Diego, where in 1930 they established their studio in the Old Town section.  Geddes began making her own frames and from there developed a passion for crafting, among others, jewelry and jewelry boxes.

She exhibited extensively in the San Diego area in the 1930s, winning a Leisser-Farnham Memorial Prize at the San Diego Art Guild, for her portrait of Dr. Edward L. Hardy, president of the San Diego State College. She exhibited jewelry at the California Pacific Exposition in 1935 and was teaching painitng classes at the Art Center in La Jolla in the 1940s.  Frances Mildred Geddes died in Petaluma on October 31, 1947.

Source: San Diego Historical Society


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At an early age Frances accompanied her family to England (her father's birthplace) and was educated at Oxford.  There she received her first art instruction and continued at the Slade School in London under Sir Henry Tonks.  She further studied at the College of Art in Toronto, Canada (her mother's birthplace) and later taught there for two years.  She then continued her studies at the ASL in NYC under Kenneth Hayes Miller. Frances and husband, photographer Lewis J. Geddes, moved to California about 1923.  After five years in Los Angeles, they settled in San Diego.  Establishing a studio in Old Town, her output included portraits and historical genre as well as hand-carved frames.  By the early 1940s she was teaching at the La Jolla Art Center.  While returning from a trip in Canada to her
home in Del Mar, she died in Petaluma, CA on Oct. 31, 1947. 

Exh:  San Diego Art Guild, 1934-39 (prizes); Calif.-Pacific Int'l Expo, 1935 (hand-wrought silver). 
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
 Invw; KOV; San Diego Union, 11-1-1947 (obit).
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