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Early morning mists, Meryla

circa 1946


Freda Robertshaw


1916 - 1997


Freda Robertshaw graduated from the commercial art course at East Sydney Technical College in 1937 having studied drawing, life drawing, oil painting, watercolour and lettering with Frank Medworth, Douglas Dundas, Herbert Badham, William Dobell, Arthur Murch, Charles Meere and others. She apprenticed herself to Charles Meere, her former life drawing teacher, and trained in his neo-classical style. Her feminised version of his 'Australian beach pattern' (1940) from the AGNSW collection, 'Australian beach scene' (1940) demonstrates her great mastering of Meere’s style. Her 'Standing nude (self portrait)' (1944) is another career highlight, and is the earliest nude self-portrait exhibited by a female artist in Australia.

Robertshaw left Meere’s studio after this work was painted and also left behind figurative painting. She returned to her first loves – landscape and flower painting, and her painting style also changed, becoming looser and post-Impressionistic in style.


Other Title

View onto the Shoalhaven


circa 1946

Media category


Materials used

oil on hardboard


39.0 x 29.0 cm sight; 52.7 x 42.5 x 3.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, grey oil "F ROBERTSHAW". Not dated.


D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2015


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Freda Robertshaw

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


Contemporary Art Society (New South Wales), Eighth Annual Exhibition: Contemporary Art Society (1946), Sydney, 1946, n.pag.. 161; priced 16 gns.

Leanne Santoro, Look, Sun, sea and standing tall, Sydney, Oct 2015, 18, 20 (colour illus.).

Smith & Singer, Sotheby's Australia, fine Asian, Australian & European arts & design, Melbourne, 2013, 42-43 (colour illus.). lot no. 121; estimated price $2000-4000