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Edith Cusack

New Zealand, Australia

1865? - 1941


Edith Cusack was born in New Zealand but moved with her family to NSW, aged three. In Sydney she was taught by Joseph Arthur Bennett (1853-1929) and was his assistant. In Paris in the early 1890s she studied under William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) and attended the Académie Julian. She returned to Sydney in 1894 and shared studios with her sister Aline (c1867-1949), the subject of this pastel, taught art and exhibited regularly with the Royal Art Society of New South Wales.

The Gallery also has an oil by Edith Cusack of her sister, painted in 1896.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005




Media category


Materials used

pastel on linen


48.2 x 37.8 cm stretcher

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., "E.E. Cusack/ [1894?]".


Purchased 1894


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Edith Cusack

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 6 publications


Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 116, 117 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian images from the past: whether rarely seen or familiar, these works move and delight us', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Apr 2005, 27.

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. not paginated, 547 [Gallery No. 5]

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893, vii. 449

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Art Society of New South Wales Fifteenth Annual Exhibition Catalogue, 1894. 120

John Young and Henry Gibbons, The Sydney Art School retrospective exhibition 1890-1933, Sydney, 1933. 243