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(Study of a girl, half-nude, leaning on box)
(c. 1897)

oil on canvas
73.1 × 59.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: HUGH RAMSAY (SAY underlined)
inscribed (vertically) on reverse l.l.: RAMSAY
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by the Estate of Mr John Wicking, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2003
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
During the 1890s Hugh Ramsay was considered one of the most gifted students at the National Gallery School in Melbourne, for reasons that are clearly evident in this carefully studied and sensitively realised nude. Although he was not successful in winning a travelling scholarship, Ramsay was determined to join the growing number of Australian artists who were living in Montparnasse and he arrived in Paris early 1901. He achieved almost immediate success when four of his works were selected for the Salon in 1902. Chronic ill health then forced the young painter to return to Australia and he passed away in 1906, tragically cutting short the life of one of Australia’s most talented artists.


The form of this frame is similar to the John Thallon frame on Ramsay's Self Portrait (smoking in front of piano), which dates to around the same time.

Unknown - 19th century