Collection Online
oil on canvas
67.0 × 51.6 cm
inscribed in blue paint l.l.: G.C.Smith
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by the National Gallery Society of Victoria, 1967
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Daily Life Human Figures Portraits
Subjects (specific)
bonnets (hats) domestic cat (species) folk costume girls Quaker seated figures youth (people)
In the 1910s and 1920s, Grace Cossington Smith, a quiet young woman from a well-to-do and conservative background was at the vanguard of the modern movement in Australia, creating images which were considered ‘ultra-modern’. After initial art studies with Antonio Datillio Rubbo in Sydney, in 1912-14 she travelled to England and Germany with her family and on her return began painting in earnest while resuming her studies at Rubbo’s school. There she was affectionately nicknamed ‘Mrs Van Gogh’ by her teacher for her enthusiasm for this artist and she began pursuing an advanced post-impressionist style.