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Title

The cockatoo

1895


Artist

Margaret Fleming

Australia


About

The Gallery’s Trustees purchased this work in 1895 from the Society of Artists’ inaugural exhibition, along with Emily Meston’s 'Study of grapes'. Both were included in the prestigious Australian art exhibition held at London’s Grafton Galleries in 1898. 'The cockatoo’s' beautifully painted spray of creamy white plumage shows Margaret Fleming’s mastery of contrasting tonal effects, with the bright, feathered body set within a dimly lit interior.

Born in Nowra and schooled briefly in Sydney under Julian Ashton, Fleming achieved a respectable local reputation as a still-life painter, although very little is known about the artist herself.


Details


Date

1895


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

56.5 x 75.2 cm stretcher; 79.0 x 95.0 x 9.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., "M Fleming 1895".


Credit

Purchased 1895


Accession number

569


Artist information

Margaret Fleming

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Joan Kerr (Editor), Heritage: The national women's art book, Sydney, 1995, 12 (colour illus.). cat.no. 16. Entry by Joan Kerr. Biography by Joan Kerr p350.

Elizabeth Lawson, Birds, Canberra, 1999, 9.

Barry Pearce, Australian Artists, Australian Birds, North Ryde, 1989, 88 (colour illus.). plate no. 71

John Young and Henry Gibbons, The Sydney Art School retrospective exhibition 1890-1933, Sydney, 1933. not paginated, cat.no. 238

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph, 'Pictures for the National Gallery', Sydney, 28 Sep 1895, page unknown. From the Art Society Exhibition and priced 7 guineas.