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The clothes line



Peggy Crombie


1901 - 1984


Peggie Crombie was born in Melbourne and studied art at school under Norah Gurdon; she later studied at Stott's Commercial Art Training Institute 1921, the National Gallery School, Melbourne 1922-28 under Bernard Hall and William McInnes and took classes with George Bell in the 1940s. She exhibited with the Victorian Artists' Society from 1927-59. In 1930 she exhibited with a group called 'The Embryos'; it included Constance Stokes, Herbert McClintock, William Constable and Eric Thake. She exhibited with Anne Montgomery, Sybil Craig and Jessie Mackintosh at the New Melbourne Art Club in the 1930s and held a joint exhibition of paintings and linocuts with Helen Ogilvie and Helen Boyd at Collins House, Melbourne in October 1932. Her linocuts were produced mainly in the early 1930s. She exhibited with the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors 1948-76 and was a member until 1983.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998


Other Title

Washing St James roof



Media category


Materials used

colour linocut on ivory wove paper




23.1 x 14.5 cm blockmark; 24.7 x 16.3 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed l.l., pencil "P CROMBIE". Not dated.


Purchased 1983


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Peggy Crombie

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, Canberra, 2007, 192 (colour illus.). dated 1925; Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 66 (colour illus.). 66

Maria (Connie) Tornatore-Loong, Japan in Sydney: Professor Sadler & modernism, 1920-30s, 'The remarkable Professor Sadler: Japan, Sydney and Australian modernism', pg.7-49, Sydney, 2011, 32, 39 (colour illus.), 136. 21; Collection National Gallery of Australia; titled 'Washing St James roof'