Rozsika Parker

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Rozsika Parker
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Born (1945-12-27)27 December 1945
London, United Kingdom
Died 5 November 2010(2010-11-05) (aged 64)
Nationality British
Education Courtauld Institute
Known for Painting
Movement Psychotherapy, Art History
Partner(s) Andrew Samuels

Rozsika Parker (27 December 1945 – 5 November 2010) was a British psychotherapist, art historian and writer and a feminist.[1]


Parker was born in London and spent her early years in Oxford, studying at the Wychwood School.[1]

Between the years 1966-1969 she studied for a degree in the history of European art at the Courtauld Institute in London. in 1972 she joined the feminist magazine Spare Rib. She and Griselda Pollock then went on to found a feminist group, The Feminist Art History Collective. [1]

In the 1980s Parker had two children with the Jungian analyst Andrew Samuels, a boy and a girl. [1]

Parker died in 2010, aged 64, of cancer.[1]


In 2013 the Rozsika Parker Essay Prize was established by the British Journal of Psychotherapy.[2]


  • The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine
  • The Anxious Gardener
  • Framing Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement 1970-1985 (1987)
  • Mother Love, Mother Hate: The Power of Maternal Ambivalence (1996)
  • The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine (1989)
  • Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology, with Griselda Pollock(1981)
  • Torn in Two: Experience of Maternal Ambivalence (1995)

External links

  • Melissa Benn, "Deep maternal alienation", The Guardian, 28 October 2006
  • "In Memoriam: Rozsika Parker, Feminist Art Historian and activist"
  • Interview with Griselda Pollock about Rosie Parker, Last Word, BBC Radio 4, 3 December 2012.


  1. ^ a b c d e Petrie, Ruthie. "Rozsika Parker obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Rozsika Parker Prize". British Journal of Psychotherapy. Wiley Online Library. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
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