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
pastel on linen
48.2 x 37.8 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., "E.E. Cusack/ [1894?]".
Not on display
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Exhibition of Australian art in London (1898), Grafton Galleries, London, 02 Apr 1898–31 Jul 1898
The Sydney Art School retrospective exhibition, 1890-1933, Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 01 Mar 1933–28 Mar 1933
Australia's 150th anniversary celebrations: All Australian art exhibition (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jan 1938–Apr 1938
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938
Centenary celebration: First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work 1907, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine, 21 Oct 2007–09 Dec 2007
Referenced in 6 publications
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.
150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. not paginated, cat.no. 547 [Gallery No. 5]
Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893, vii. cat.no. 449
Art Society of New South Wales Fifteenth Annual Exhibition Catalogue, 1894. cat.no. 120
The Sydney Art School retrospective exhibition 1890-1933, Sydney, 1933. cat.no. 243