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Ailsa Lee Brown


1898 – 09 Feb 1943

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    linocut, printed in black ink on thin Japanese tissue
    Unknown edition
    20.9 x 21.1 cm blockmark; 26.0 x 23.1 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Ailsa Lee Brown '27".

    Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors' Fund 2004
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Ailsa Lee Brown

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Ailsa Lee Brown (known as Ailsa Allen from 1935) was born in Sydney and studied art at the Julian Ashton Sydney Art School with Thea Proctor and Adelaide Perry. Unlike many of her peers whose works emulated the styles of these teachers, Brown developed her own particular imagery in prints that expressed an emphasis on design, surface patterning and stylisation distinctive to Sydney modernism during this period.

    She was one of only a few of these students to continue to make prints after leaving art school, and exhibited them regularly (with the Society of Artists). They were reproduced in 'Undergrowth', 'Art in Australia' and 'Manuscripts'.

    Apart from a period in San Francisco before she studied art (she was there in 1922), and two years living in Brisbane between 1935-36, Lee Brown lived and worked in Sydney until her premature death in 1943. There are three other known Sydney subjects by Allen - 'Woolloomooloo' 1928, 'Pittwater' 1937 (NGA) and 'Moths around the quay' 1932 (National Trust of NSW).

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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