Ritratto del Maestro (Portrait of Cav. A. Dattilo-Rubbo)

Frances Ellis, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1942.
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About the Work
One of Ellis's most well known works, an affectionate portrait of her teacher, mentor and friend Antonio-Dattilo- Rubbo. He wrote to her about this work saying " Dear Miss Ellis.., you have achieved the best by a good compasition, spported by strong drawing, virile colour and excellent touch. It is a well balanced work, and I heartily congratulate you with my good wishes to see the painting hanged in worthy art gallery - if possible in your native land."
This work was submitted to the Gallery of New South Wales for the Archibald prize, an annual portraiture prize, where she was rewarded as one of the runner ups. In 1952, this work was again shown in the MOstre d'Ottremare in Naples (Rubbo's birth place) under the name "Rittratto del Maestro".
This work was donated by Ellis in a group of 8 works. According to the catalogue of the exhibition "Frances Ellis 1900 - 1971" it was his written wish that this work be gifted to the Sarjeant gallery spefically.
Image 914 x 715mm
1080 x 875 x 60mm
oil on canvas
Portrait painting of an artist painting outdoors. He is standing with his paint palette resting on an open wooden box which is supporting his canvas, a paintbrush in his right hand, in his left hand is a lit cigarette. He is wearing a jacket with a red scarf and a hat. There are trees and bushes in the background.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Frances Ellis,1959.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
21 Jul 1959



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