Portfolio of original watercolour and graphite designs made by a student at Swinburne Technical College (Senior School for Girls), Melbourne, 1916-18.
Unique hand-made artist’s portfolio, 410 x 310 mm, embroidered linen over boards, inner front board with stitched-on printed label advertising the Swinburne Senior Technical School for Girls’ Bazaar (16 September 1916), containing  loose sheets of artist’s paper (uniform 380 x 280 mm format) with student excercises in design and geometry, approximately one-third being in watercolour, the remainder in graphite, most sheets with work recto and verso; the designs – a number of which are competent expressions of a distinctively Australian art nouveau style (think Mucha with gumnuts) – are invariably signed ‘L. Browning’ (variously of Form ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’), the last signed in full ‘Lily Browning’; most bear a date with day, month and year (either 1917 or 1918); occasional mild foxing, but essentially very well preserved throughout.
A precious archive documenting the work of a young female design student who was part of the first cohort to pass through Australia’s first technical school for girls. Established in 1916 by Melbourne’s Swinburne Technical College, the Girl’s Senior Technical School was originally located in a house on the corner of Burwood Road and John Street, Hawthorn.