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Life study (John Passmore, artist, reclining)

circa 1933


Adelaide Perry


23 Jun 1891 – 19 Nov 1973

  • Details

    circa 1933
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil on thin smooth cream wove paper
    40.5 x 24.0 cm image; 45.0 x 32.0 cm sight/image
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 2018
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Adelaide Perry Estate

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    Adelaide Perry

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  • About

    Adelaide Perry had a remarkable facility for drawing. Her perceptive and angular rendering of form was acutely expressed in drawings from life, including portraiture, still life and the nude. As a teacher of art to aspiring professionals as well as children, she utilised life drawing and printmaking in instructing others, as well as in her own practice.

    Life study (John Passmore, artist, reclining) presents one of Perry’s artist contemporaries, the painter John Passmore, as life model. This large drawing renders the subject’s sinewy body and limbs posed in awkward angles to create a dynamic and complex rending of form. The Gallery has a portrait head of Passmore drawing by Perry from the same period (Portrait of John Passmore c.1933, AGNSW Purchased 1975).

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