(England, Australia, United States of America 21 Aug 1866–1949)
17.1 x 12.0cm sheet
Abbey (Abraham) Alston was born in Yorkshire, England, came to Australia in 1883 and studied drawing and painting in Melbourne at the National Gallery School. Awarded the school's Travelling Scholarship in 1891, he sailed for Paris where he studied at a number of ateliers including Colarossi's. Altson exhibited a portrait of Mackennal's daughter Henrietta at the Paris Salon and moved to London in 1894. There he worked as an illustrator and also established himself as a painter of portraits. He moved to the USA in 1939.
Bertram Mackennal (1862-1931), the most distinguished Australian sculptor of his generation, was born in Melbourne and studied at the National Gallery School before leaving for London in 1883. Mackennal was introduced to Rodin by John Russell in Paris, where he also exhibited his best known work, 'Circe', at the salon in 1893. He worked and exhibited in England, France and Australia, was the first Australian artist to be elected to the Royal Academy in London in 1909 and the first to be knighted, in 1921.
excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005
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Jane Clark (Australia) (Author), Bridget Whitelaw (Author), Golden summers: Heidelberg and beyond, Melbourne, 1985, 21 (illus.).
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19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005.
Bertram Mackennal, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 Aug 2007–04 Nov 2007.
Bertram Mackennal, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 30 Nov 2007–24 Feb 2008.
Impressions: painting light and life, National Portrait Gallery [Parliamentary Zone], 25 Nov 2011–04 Mar 2012.