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Title

Thames at Chelsea Reach

circa 1913


Artist

Dora Meeson

Australia

1869 - 1955


About

Dora Meeson began her art training in Melbourne before moving to London in 1898 to further her studies. She met the Australian artist George Coates and they married in 1903. The couple established themselves in Chelsea where they became members of an extensive circle of Australian expatriate artists. They resolved not to have children and instead devote themselves to their artistic careers. Meeson was best known for her series of paintings of the Thames river. Her impressionistic painting 'Thames at Chelsea Reach' uses a limited colour palette and loose brushwork to portray boat workers silhouetted against the hazy city background in the rear.

Meeson had the distinction of being the first Australian woman artist to be elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. She was also a member of the British Artists' Suffrage League. A representation of a suffrage banner she designed was used on a 2003 Australian commemorative dollar coin to celebrate the centenary of women's suffrage.


Details


Place where the work was made

London England


Date

circa 1913


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

51.0 x 61.0 cm; 72.8 x 83.3 x 8.0 cm frame


Credit

Purchased 1949


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8357


Artist information

Dora Meeson

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
London

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 315 [Gallery No. 3]

Kirsten McKay, Shimmering light: Dora Meeson and the Thames, 'Catalogue', pg. 37-39, Castlemaine, 2013, 39, 52 (colour illus.). cat.no. 18