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Title

Sydney Harbour Bridge construction

1927


Artist

Adelaide Perry

Australia

23 Jun 1891 - 19 Nov 1973


About

Adelaide Perry was an important figure in inter-war Sydney modernist circles and she had a remarkable facility for drawing. Her perceptive and angular rendering of form was acutely expressed in drawings from life, including portraiture, still life, landscape and the nude. As a teacher of art to aspiring professionals as well as children, she utilised life drawing and printmaking in instructing others, as well as in her own practice.

Born in Victoria in 1891, Perry settled in Sydney in 1925 after studies at the NGV School, Royal Academy, London, and in Paris. Perry exhibited widely in Australia in the 1920s and 30s, from the relatively progressive Contemporary Group and Grosvenor Galleries to the more conservative Society of Artists and Australian Academy of Art.

In 1926, she established her own school, and exhibited with the first Contemporary Group show with Thea Proctor and George Lambert. She was also a highly regarded and influential teacher at the Julian Ashton School. She later taught art at a Sydney girls’ school, PLC Croydon, from WWII until her retirement, all the while maintaining a painting practice.

This dynamic and fluent drawing is a study for a painting of Sydney Harbour. Perry made numerous drawings, paintings and prints depicting Sydney Harbour and the construction of the Harbour Bridge in the 1920s and 30s including her finest print The Bridge, October 1929.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1927


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil on cream wove paper


Dimensions

28.0 x 38.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Conal Coad and Colin Beutel 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

81.2019


Artist information

Adelaide Perry

Works in the collection

21


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney