Mary Abbott was born in Quirindi, NSW in 1906 and studied at a number of art schools in Sydney and London, most significantly at the Julian Ashton School from 1938-43. Between 1954 and 1958 she had paintings hung in the Archibald Prize five times, all portraits of women, reflecting her work as a portraitist, with which, along with teaching, she supported herself for much of her career. Her work was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 1985. The subject of this portrait is the artist's sister Florence.
pencil on pale grey paper
31.8 x 23.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Mary M.Abbott/ 1938".
Gift of Chris Roberts 2014
Not on display
© Estate of Mary Abbott
Shown in 1 exhibition
Mary Abbott Roberts 1935-1985, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, 21 Jun 1985–21 Jul 1985
Referenced in 1 publication
Mary Abbott and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Council, Mary Abbott Roberts 1935-1985, Bathurst, 1985, 4 (illus.), 5. cat.no. 5