Image of pastel portrait of Mrs Grey by Dora Ohlfsen
22 Aug 1869 - 07 Feb 1948
Mrs Grey (Alexandra Simpson) was the model used for the figure of Australia on Dora Ohlfsen's Anzac medal. This pastel portrait was exhibited in Sydney during 1920, upon Ohlfsen's return visit to Australia.
A reviewer in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' noted: "one of the beauties of the English colony at Rome, Mrs Grey (Miss Alexandra Simpson), daughter of the British High Commissioner in China. The drawing wonderfully reproduces the pensive charm of the hazel eyes, whilst the features betray the fact that she sat for ‘Australia’ in the Anzac medal".
gelatin silver photograph
16.0 x 11.5 cm
Signature & date
Signed c., verso, ink "Dora Ohlfsen". Not dated.
National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Oct 2019–08 Mar 2020
Referenced in 1 publication
'The art of Dora Ohlfsen', Sydney, 09 Nov 1920.