LINDSAY Ruby (1887 - 1919)
Untitled [Girl with staff]
Watercolour and pen and ink on card, measuring 235 x 140 mm (image), of a girl in travelling clothes holding a long staff, a horizontal crease across lower third of image. Signed lower right Ruby Lind and dated 1918. Verso, a small head study and the framer’s pencilled notes ‘Lieut. Lindsay, Queen Hospital. 1/2 ” flat oak black 6/=’.
A vibrant small coloured work by Ruby Lindsay encompassing her free spirit and sense of wanderlust.
Ruby Lindsay was the equally talented sister of more well known artists Norman and Lionel Lindsay, renowned for her book illustrations during the early twentieth century, yet dying tragically young in 1919 as a result of the outbreak of influenza.
From the inscription verso, presumably gifted by Ruby to her brother, Daryl Lindsay (1889 – 1976), war artist and later director of the National Gallery of Victoria. Daryl Lindsay served with the AIF in France as assistant to the war artist Will Dyson (later to be his brother-in-law) and in 1917 transferred to work as an artist for plastic surgery at Queen Mary Hospital, Sidcup, Kent, for which he received the rank honorary lieutenant.