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Painter and draughtsman, born in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, as Violet Madeline Josette Jones. She began painting as a young girl in Jamaica, and her studies included Paris and Zurich in the late-1930s. In 1933 the director of the Tate Gallery, J B Manson, introduced Jones to Wildenstein Gallery, which gave her her first solo show in 1935, from which Contemporary Art Society bought Still Life with Green Peppers. In 1938 she had a show at Galerie Zborowski, Paris, with another at Wildenstein in 1939. In that year she moved to London, where she was thereafter based, although she had a cottage and studio in Dorset. During the war worked as a land girl in Dorset and in Intelligence. There were four distinct working periods as a painter: in Paris and London before the war, in Spain in the 1950s, Morocco in the 1960s and after that mainly in Dorset with occasional journeys abroad, especially to Vevey and Zürich.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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