Story: Body shape and dieting

Making comparisons

Making comparisons

Frances Hodgkins sketched herself with her much taller and thinner sister, Isabel, about 1893. Isabel commented in a letter that 'poor Fan' had decided she was too fat and resolved to 'bant' (go on a diet). She added, 'It is rather absurd one sister trying all she can to get stout & the other trying to get thin'.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-424-q-005
Pencil drawing by Frances Hodgkins

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Caroline Daley, 'Body shape and dieting - Changing attitudes to diet', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Caroline Daley, published 5 Sep 2013