(Australia, England 27 Mar 1894–01 Mar 1968)
90.5 x 63.5cm board; 108.0 x 80.5 x 7.2cm frame
De Maistre's friendship with fellow Australian Patrick White whom he met in London in 1936 was an important one for both artist and writer. 'Figure in a garden (The aunt)' was prompted by a photograph of a relative as a young woman in Edwardian dress, found by de Maistre amongst the bombed ruins of Chelsea Barracks. The painting inspired White to create the subject for his 1948 novel The Aunt's Story and was used on the cover of the first edition of this book.
Companion notes to 'The aunt's story' by Patrick White 2012, 2012, front cover (colour illus.).
Important Australian and International Art: Melbourne 22 November 2011, Melbourne, 2011, 30.
Barry Pearce (Australia) (Author), Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, Domain, 2002, 52 (colour illus.), 143, 147.
Helen Verity Hewitt (Australia) (Author), Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, Carlton, 2002, 20-21, 131.
Barry Pearce (Australia) (Author), Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Domain, 2000, 111 (colour illus.), 301.
Heather Johnson (Author), Roy de Maistre: The english years, New South Wales, 1995, 35 (illus.).
David Marr (Australia) (Author), Patrick White: A life by David Marr, Milsons Point, 1991, 237, 262.
Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Editor), Jan Meek (Australia) (Editor), Portrait of a Gallery, Sydney, 1984, 86 (colour illus.).
'Art' by Nancy Borlase., The Sydney Morning Herald 17 Sep 1976, 17 Sep 1976. Review of Project 14
'Painting's influence on literature' by Daniel Thomas., The Sydney Morning Herald 14 Sep 1976, 14 Sep 1976.
Daniel Thomas (Curator), Project 14: Roy de Maistre 1894-1968, Sydney, 1976, (illus.). cat.no. 23
'De Maistre - not a discordant note among those who mattered', pg. 28., The Australian financial review 26 Sep 1974, 26 Sep 1974, 28. titled 'The Aunt'
Sir John Rothenstein (England, b.1901, d.1992) (Author), Bryan Robertson (b.1925) (Author), Roy de Maistre: A retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings from 1917-1960, London, 1960, 14. cat.no. 62; titled: 'The aunt'; dated: 1945; Coll: Patrick White, Esq.
Roy de Maistre: Retrospective exhibition of Paintings and Drawings 1917-1960, Whitechapel Art Gallery, May 1960–Jun 1960.
Project 14 - Roy de Maistre: 1894-1968 (1976), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 04 Sep 1976–04 Oct 1976.
Roy de Maistre - St Jean de Luz, New England Regional Art Museum, 25 Feb 2000–30 Apr 2000.
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003.
Patrick White: eye of the storm, National Library of Australia, 01 Apr 2012–31 Jul 2012.
Patrick White: eye of the storm, State Library of New South Wales, 20 Aug 2012–28 Oct 2012.