Portrait of a Schoolgirl

Vivian Smith, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 1935.
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About the Work
Vivian Smith was trained at the Royal College of Art in London, and then obtained a teaching role at Wellington Technical College. From 1932 until his death in 1946, he was Art Master of the Technical College in Whanganui. The unnamed subject in this portrait is wearing a Girls' College uniform, which drew my attention when I first saw the work about ten years ago. My Nana and her sisters attended the school in the 1930s and 40s, and I like to imagine they would have known each other.
- Scott Flutey for My Choice September 2021
Image: 445 x 600mm
Support: 615 x 460 x 20mm
Frame: 690 x 540 x 45mm
oil on canvas
Portrait of an unidentified young woman wearing a gym dress, white shirt and a hat with a striped ribbon and school crest badge at front. Her hair is braided into two plaits. She is seated in profile with her hands crossed in her lap and her head turned towards the viewer. The sitter was a student at Whanganui Girls College.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Lilian Smith.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
19 Aug 1983



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