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.
pencil on ivory wove paper
47.4 x 35.0 cm sight
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Mary M. Abbott/ 1946".
Signed and dated u.l. to upper c. verso on backboard, black fibre tipped pen "Mary M. Abbott [underlined]/ 1946".
Gift of Chris Roberts 2014
Not on display
© Estate of Mary Abbott