# 42662

MANNING, Constance Tempe (1896 - 1960)

St Mary’s Cathedral and terrace house rooftops, Sydney, c. 1925

$1,800.00 AUD

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Watercolour on paper, 23 x 21.5 cms, signed lower left Tempe Manning, framed in gilt.

An atmospheric view of the rooftops of Woolloomooloo with the distinctive silhouette of St. Mary’s Cathedral in the skyline. Tempe Manning completed at least one other version of this scene in pencil, which is dated 1925. 

‘Tempe Manning was one of of the many students of Anthony Dattilo-Rubbo who were responsible for introducing modernism to Australia. However unlike her fellows, Grace Cossington Smith, Roy De Maistre and Roland Wakelin, she continued to exhibit with the conservative Royal Art Society. She first studied at Dattilo-Rubbo’s studio in about 1910 before travelling to Paris to study. On the outbreak of World War I she returned to Sydney and Dattilo-Rubbo’s Atelier. She temporarily abandoned the academic approach she had taken in Paris and enthusiastically joined with fellow students in experimenting with a more liberated use of colour. Portrait of a Boy, in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is typical of her work from this period. She was always inclined to paint portraits and became a regular entrant in the Archibald Prize, exhibiting portraits on twelve occasions between 1931 and 1953.

Her 1945 Archibald entry of Senator Dorothy Tangey was commissioned when she and Mary Edwards were approached to paint the portraits of the first two women members of Federal Parliament by the Historic Memorials Committee, ‘for ultimate inclusion in a National Portrait Gallery’. However both her painting and Mary Edwards’s portrait of Dame Enid Lyons (TMAG) were rejected as ‘unsatisfactory’ and replaced with portraits by A.D. Colquhoun and William Dargie.’ Joanna Mendelssohn, DAAO, https://www.daao.org.au/bio/tempe-manning/biography/


Lawson’s, Affordable Art, Books & Bric-a-Brac, 27 August 2020, Lot 2002

Private collection, Melbourne