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Study of Alice Muskett



Julian Ashton

England, Australia

27 Jan 1851 – 27 Apr 1942

Alternate image of Study of Alice Muskett by Julian Ashton
Alternate image of Study of Alice Muskett by Julian Ashton
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on wood
    34.6 x 26.7 cm board; 45.1 x 37.2 x 3.8 cm frame :

    0 - Whole, 33.5 x 25.5 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION. Due to backing board support, the hardboard dimensions could not be obtained. Sight dimensions were recorded.

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, red (ink?) "J.R.ASHTON/ Xmas 93".

    Purchased 1942
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Julian Ashton

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The subject of Julian Ashton's portrait is Alice Muskett, who was a prominent artist in Sydney during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ashton painted Muskett in 1893, while she was a student at his art school – the only art school in Sydney that offered life-classes for women at the time.

    In his 1941 memoir Now came still evening on, Ashton fondly recounted Muskett's 'refined and sensitive nature'. These traits are apparent in this charming portrait, which shows her elegantly dressed in a high-neck blouse and pince-nez
    glasses. An inscription by Ashton on the back of this work confirms that it was 'done in class', possibly as a demonstration for Muskett and her fellow pupils.

    There are two portraits of Muskett by Ashton in the Gallery's collection. The second work, which is titled 'The coral necklet', was painted several years later in 1901. Regrettably, the Gallery removed its only two works by Muskett from the collection in 1920 and 1946.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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