by George J. Dance

Camilla Doyle

Camilla Doyle (1888-1944). Portrait by Theodora Roscoe (1888-1962). Courtesy BBC Yorkshire.

Honor Camilla Doyle (1888-1944)[1] was an English poet and artist.


Doyle was born at Cathedral Close, Norwich, England,[2] and is believed to have lived there all her life.

She published a volume of poetry, Poems, in 1923. Aside from her poetry, she had a reputation as an artist and craftsman, having exhibited her paintings and furniture at galleries in England.[2] Her painting Lock 75, Cassiobury Canal is at Norwich Castle Museum.[3]

She is believed to have died in Norwich in 1944.[4] In her will, dated 1944, she left half of her estate for the maintenance of Norwich Castle Museum.[5]


Louis Untermeyer: "Her Poems (1923) reveal the same sensitivity to line and motion as her drawings; even so tiny a sketch as 'The Rabbit' has the faithful economy of a Japanese print, while "March' is a whimsical painting in the modern manner, faintly suggestive of Edward Thomas."[2]


Her poem "The Town Rabbit in the Country" was anthologized in The Best Poems of 1923 (edited by Leonard Strong), and was set to music by Gary Bachlund.[6]


  • 16 New Poems. London: Poetry Bookshop, 1920.
  • Poems. Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell, 1923; New York, NY: D. Appleton and Co., 1924.
  • The 'General Shop', and other poems. London: St. Catherine Press, 1937.


  • Seven Chinese Poems (translated with Z.L. Yih & Richard Lowndes). London: Ballivor Books, 1996.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[7]

See alsoEdit



  1. Honor Camilla Doyle 1888-1944, Your Paintings, BBC, Web, Mar. 25, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Louis Untermayer, "Camilla Doyle," Modern British Poetry (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1930), 638-639, Print.
  3. Lock 75, Cassiobury Canal, Your Paintings, BBC, Web, Mar. 25, 2012.
  4. Camilla Doyle, AllPoetry, Web, Mar. 25, 2012.
  5. "Work on Castle Mound Begins Next Week", Norwich City Council, Oct. 29, 2009, Web, Mar. 25, 2012.
  6. "The Town Rabbit in the Country (sheet music),, Web, Mar. 25, 2012.
  7. Search results = au:Camilla Doyle, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 13, 2014.

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