A fabulous Mid 20th Century Portrait of a Lady in Blue, by Australian (Vic) Portrait artist and two time Archibald selectee, Louise Cornwell.
The portrait and its original frame, representative of the 1950/60’s aesthetic, the sitters hairstyle and clothing a snapshot of the eras fashions.
Louise Cornwell studied for four years under Sir William Dargie (1912-2003) at the Victorian Art School at the National Gallery Victoria. Dargie, being the renowned Australian Portrait artist and Archibald Prize winning record holder since 1952, won the prestigious award a total of eight times.
After leaving the Victorian Art School, Louise had a successful career in portraiture, painting commissions. From her success, she was able to purchase her own land and house; a financially independent woman in an era when women typically relied on a husbands income.
Not much else is known of Louise’s later life, however her two Archibald selected entries are noted at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Two of those years, her tutor William Dargie won the prize, Louise Cornwell also exhibited selected entries in the Archibald:
Louise Cornwell, 1952: Portrait of Rev Bishop J McKie.
Louise Cornwell, 1956: Portrait of Liet-Gen Garrett (this year being Dargies eighth win for his iconic portrait of artist Albert Namatjira).
Oil on board, signed and titled verson ‘Mrs Alexander. Louise Cornwell.’ Original wooden frame.
The painting and frame are in good original condition.
Measures including frame: 58cm high x 48cm wide, 3cm deep.
Price includes gst.