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Elizabeth Stanthope Forbes


29 Dec 1859 - 16 Mar 1912




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


102.3 x 72.2 cm board; 114.3 x 84.4 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l., black oil [artist's monogram] "EAF". Not dated.


Purchased 1892

Accession number


Artist information

Elizabeth Stanthope Forbes

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists1892

Referenced in 19 publications


Mrs Lionel Birch, Stanhope A Forbes, ARA, and Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, ARWS, London, 1906, p 69. Discusses 1892 'Mignon'.

Judith Cook and Melissa Hardie, Singing from the walls: the life and art of Elizabeth Forbes, Bristol, 2000, pp 93–94, 170, 185, no 4.178.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 63, illus p 63.

Algernon Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, London, 1905-1906, vol 3, 1905, p 135.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 81, no 676.

Anna Gruetzner Robins, A fragile modernism: Whistler and his impressionist followers, New Haven, 2007, p 119, col illus p 121.

M H Spielmann, Magazine of art, ‘Current art: the Royal Academy – II', London, 1890, pp 253–60: p 258.

Athenaeum, 'The Royal Academy (second notice)', London, 17 May 1890, pp 644–47: p 645.

Exhibition of the British art gallery by the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, with which is associated the German art gallery, and a selection of pictures by Australian artists: illustrated catalogue, Melbourne, 1892, p 57, no 176, illus with sketch p 58.

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Review of the year 1892: art', Sydney, 31 Dec 1892, pp 5–6: p 6.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales (report of trustees for the year 1892), Sydney, (1893), p 2.

Pall Mall Gazette "Extra", 'The Pictures of 1890', London, 05 May 1890, illus p 64.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 55, no 150.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 47, no 136.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 69, no 203.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1993 [for the year ended 30 June 1993], Sydney, 1993, p 26. Conservation treatment.

Royal Academy Pictures, London, 1890, illus p 90. Supplement to the Magazine of Art, 1890, part 3.

The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts … the one hundred and twenty-second, London, 1890, p 10, no 182.

Australian News, Unknown, 01 Apr 1892, p 10, illus p 10.