FRANCIS, Dorothea (1903 - 1975)
Fairy standing in a rose petal boat
Watercolour on card, 147 x 102 mm, signed lower right.
Dorothea Francis was a talented artist working in watercolour and oils in Melbourne in the mid twentieth century. She studied first with Isabel NanKivell and then Catherine Hardess (a Slade graduate), and later at the George Bell School in the period 1941 – 1955. Francis exhibited at the Womens’ Art Club (later Melbourne Society of Women Painters) 1922 – 1975, and also at the Victorian Artists Society and The Melbourne Contemporary Artists.
In this charming small work, a cherub-like winged fairy, dressed in the native leaves of the blossoming eucalyptus, stands on a pink rose petal, while holding a blade of native grass upon which rests a butterfly.
Exhibited : The Faerie in Victorian Art and Imagination, Bendigo Art Gallery, 16 October – 28 November 2010 (catalogue included)
Provenance: Important Women Artists Gallery, Melbourne (James Alexander Gallery), acquired 30.10.78 (original receipt included); Private collection, Melbourne