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Title

Sydney trams


Artist

Ailsa Lee Brown

Australia

1898 - 09 Feb 1943


About

Ailsa Lee Brown (known as Ailsa Allen from 1935) was born in Sydney and studied art at the Julian Ashton Sydney Art School with Thea Proctor and Adelaide Perry. Unlike many of her peers whose works emulated the styles of these teachers, Brown developed her own particular imagery in prints that expressed an emphasis on design, surface patterning and stylisation distinctive to Sydney modernism during this period.

She was one of only a few of these students to continue to make prints after leaving art school, and exhibited them regularly (with the Society of Artists). They were reproduced in 'Undergrowth', 'Art in Australia' and 'Manuscripts'.

Apart from a period in San Francisco before she studied art (she was there in 1922), and two years living in Brisbane between 1935-36, Lee Brown lived and worked in Sydney until her premature death in 1943. There are three other known Sydney subjects by Allen - 'Woolloomooloo' 1928, 'Pittwater' 1937 (NGA) and 'Moths around the quay' 1932 (National Trust of NSW).

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1927


Media category

Print


Materials used

linocut, printed in black ink on thin Japanese tissue


Edition

Unknown edition


Dimensions

20.9 x 21.1 cm blockmark; 26.0 x 23.1 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Ailsa Lee Brown '27".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2004


Location

Not on display


Accession number

279.2004


Artist information

Ailsa Lee Brown

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2005, Sydney, 2005, 18, 63.

Caroline Butler-Bowdon and Annie Campbell, Shooting through: Sydney by tram, Sydney, 2009, 44, 45 (colour illus.).

Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Making Sydney modern: the artistic shaping of the postwar city', pg. 66-85, Sydney, 2013, 71 (colour illus.), 310.

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Last sto, p -, Sydney, Feb 2005, 15 (colour illus.).