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An image of A Dattilo-Rubbo by Evelyn Chapman

Evelyn Chapman

(Australia 25 Oct 1888 – 18 Jul 1961)

A Dattilo-Rubbo
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

40.6 x 30.8 cm stretcher; 56.2 x 46.1 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "Evelyn Chapman/ 1911".
Purchased 1919
Accession number
© Estate of the artist
Not on display
Further information

Painter and teacher Anthonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955) was an Italian immigrant who came to Australia in 1897. In Sydney, he founded an art school in Bligh Street where he taught for forty-three years and was also an instructor at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales school. Dattilo-Rubbo is important to Australian art for encouraging a strong focus on colour and experimentation among his pupils, who included the author of this portrait and other subsequently important Australian artists such as Roy de Maistre, Roland Wakelin, Norah Simpson and Grace Cossington-Smith.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006

Bibliography (5)

Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995.

Sarah Engledow, Portrait (no.28), 'Lovers of light', pg. 16-21, Canberra, Winter 2008, 19, 20, 21 (colour illus.).

William Moore, The Brisbane courier, 'Art and artists. The Art Society', pg 22, Brisbane, 27 Oct 1928, 22.

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 42. 107

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Royal Art Society. Cabinet exhibition', pg. 13, Sydney, 18 Mar 1911, 13.

Exhibition history (1)

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995