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Mrs South Kensington



William Dobell

Australia, England

24 Sep 1899 - 13 May 1970


Place where the work was made

London England



Media category


Materials used

oil on wood panel


38.2 x 33.2 cm board; 51.0 x 46.0 x 4.1 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed u.l. corner, white oil "W Dobell". Not dated.


Purchased 1943


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

William Dobell

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 17 publications


Herbert Badham, A gallery of Australian art, 'Introduction', pg. v-vii., Sydney, 1954, xii, (illus.). plate no. 38

Scott Bevan, Bill: the life of William Dobell, 'Learning from the masters', pg. 32-83, Cammeray, 2014, 60, 61, 142.

William Dobell', William Dobell: portraits in context, 'Portraits in context: selected early works, pg. 21-29, Kent Town, 2003, 22, 30, 46 (colour illus.).

James Gleeson, The drawings of William Dobell in the Australian National Gallery, 'The draughtsman as artist', pg. 6-17, Canberra, 1992, 7 (colour illus.), 62. figure no. 1

Sasha Grishin, Australian art: a history, 'The triumph of modernism', pg. 264-273, Carlton, 2013, 266, 267 (colour illus.), 550, 559. plate no. 27.2

William Kelly, Heritage of Australian art: reflections on the history of Australian painters and paintings, Melbourne, 1984, 31 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Drawing conclusions', pg. 14-17, Sydney, Sep 2006, 15.

Alistair McGhie (Editor), Portrait: magazine of Australian & international portraiture, Canberra, Spring 2015, 64 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham, William Dobell, Brisbane, 1959. 11; not paginated

Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting from the National Collection, Sydney, circa 1946, 10. 14; titled 'South Kensington woman'

Barry Pearce, William Dobell - the painter's progress, 'Introduction', pg. 9-22, Sydney, 1997, 17, 32, 34, 46, 47 (colour illus.), 144. 10a

Barry Pearce, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'William Dobell', pg. 76-87, Sydney, 2000, 80, 81 (colour illus.).

Laurence Thomas, Twelve Australian artists, 'Introduction', pg. 6-10, London, 1953, 12, 21 (illus.). 5

Laurence Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'William Dobell', pg. 3-5, Sydney, Oct 1959, 3 (illus.), 4.

Judith White, Australian art collector, 'Yours sincerely: William Dobell', pg. 56-59, Sydney, Apr 2000-Jun 2000, 59.

Author Unknown, The Art of William Dobell, Sydney, 1946, 91 (illus.).

Author Unknown, William Dobell: the painters progress, Sydney, 1997, (illus.).