- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on canvas
- 159.0 x 108.2 cm stretcher; 167.8 x 115.6 x 6.5 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "Violet Teague 1909".
- Gift of the sitter's daughter, Lawre Bruce Steer 1975
- Grand Courts
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Violet Teague was born into a privileged Melbourne
family that gave her the opportunity to study art
in Brussels and London. While there, she came to
admire the grand British portraits of the 18th and
19th centuries. By the time she was a student at
Melbourne’s National Gallery School in the late 1890s,
Teague was an accomplished portraitist herself. This
painting depicts a fellow student, Una Le Souëf.
It was painted shortly before the subject's
marriage and Teague invokes distinct
statements on female subjectivity. Here Una is
enveloped in a private moment, her gaze averted
downward in inner contemplation. The name ‘Dian’
refers to the Roman hunter-goddess who chose a life
of chastity over marriage and, among other attributes,
was a protector of women, fertility and childbirth.
Shown in 5 exhibitions
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition, , , 20 Feb 1915–04 Dec 1915
Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg Era, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine, 13 Jul 1992–16 Aug 1992
Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg Era, Benalla Art Gallery, Australia, 28 Aug 1992–27 Sep 1992
The Art of Violet Teague (1872-1951), Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, 18 Jul 1999–01 Sep 1999
The Art of Violet Teague (1872-1951), Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, , 10 Sep 1999–31 Oct 1999
The Art of Violet Teague (1872-1951), Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, 09 Nov 1999–12 Dec 1999
The Art of Violet Teague (1872-1951), The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Parkville, 17 Dec 1999–12 Mar 2000
The Art of Violet Teague (1872-1951), Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 18 Mar 2000–23 Apr 2000
The Art of Violet Teague (1872-1951), S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 06 May 2000–11 Jun 2000
Know My Name: Australian women artists, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 14 Sep 2020–04 Aug 2021
Grand Courts Collection Rehang, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 2021–2025
Referenced in 15 publications
Caroline Ambrus, Australian Women Artists, First Fleet to 1945: History, Hearsay and Hersay, Woden, circa 1992, 192 (colour illus.). plate no. 16
Janine Burke, Australian women artists diary, Birchgrove, circa 1993, cover (colour illus.).
Anna Clabburn, The art of Violet Teague 1872-1951 - Education Kit, Parkville, 1999, cover (colour illus.).
Jane Clark, Violet Teague, 'Introduction', pg. 9-21, Sydney, 1999, 17 (colour illus.), 30-31, 49, 51-53, 56, 126-127. plate no. 6
Jill Dupleix and Jane Miller, The Women's Cookbook, Victoria, 1992, 144 (colour illus.).
Suzanne Falkiner, Ethel a love story, Sydney, 1996, illus.. This image appears between pages 148 and 149.
Victoria Hammond and Juliette Peers, Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg era, Hawthorn East, 1992, 6 (colour illus.). plate no. 6
Jeanette Hoorn, Art and Australia (Vol. 37, No. 1), 'Review; Melbourne Scene', pg. 146-147, Sydney, 1999, 146 (illus.).
Bruce James., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'No shrinking Violet', Sydney, 13 May 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague' at the SH Ervin Gallery.
Joan Kerr (Editor), Heritage: The national women's art book, Sydney, 1995, 21, 461.
Catherine Lambert., Sunday Herald Sun, 'Painter strives for top of tree', Melbourne, 12 Dec 1999, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000, in 'The Arts' section.
Anne Latreille., Age, 'Lest we forget', Melbourne, 24 Jul 1999, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000.
Robert Nelson., The Sunday age, 'Not quite a modern woman', Melbourne, 13 Feb 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibition 'The art of Violet Teague', touring Australia 1999-2000.
Catherine Stuart and Paul Finucane, Odd roads to be walking: 156 women who shaped Australian art, Cork, 2019, 59 (colour illus.).
Robert Whitehead (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The picture show women', Sydney, 03 Jun 2000, page unknown. Review of the exhibitions 'The art of Violet Teague', 'Politically incorrect: the art of Clarice Beckett', and the Olive Cotton retrospective.
Other works by Violet Teague
See all 6 works