Painter and teacher Anthonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955) was an Italian immigrant who came to Australia in 1897. In Sydney, he founded an art school in Bligh Street where he taught for forty-three years and was also an instructor at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales school. Dattilo-Rubbo is important to Australian art for encouraging a strong focus on colour and experimentation among his pupils, who included the author of this portrait and other subsequently important Australian artists such as Roy de Maistre, Roland Wakelin, Norah Simpson and Grace Cossington-Smith.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006
oil on canvas
40.6 x 30.8 cm stretcher; 56.2 x 46.1 x 6.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "Evelyn Chapman/ 1911".
Not on display
© Estate of the artist
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995
Royal Art Society of New South Wales: Cabinet Exhibition (1911), Vickery's Chambers, Sydney, 21 Mar 2011 -
Referenced in 5 publications
Sarah Engledow, Portrait (no.28), 'Lovers of light', pg. 16-21, Canberra, Winter 2008, 19, 20, 21 (colour illus.).
William Moore, The Brisbane courier, 'Art and artists. The Art Society', pg 22, Brisbane, 27 Oct 1928, 22.
A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 42. cat.no. 107
The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Royal Art Society. Cabinet exhibition', pg. 13, Sydney, 18 Mar 1911, 13.