# 42665

MERFIELD, Bertha Elizabeth (1869 - 1921)

Victorian landscape

$1,250.00 AUD

Oil on canvas board, 32.5 x 22 cms, signed lower right B. E. Merfield, framed.

An atmospheric work by a founding member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.

‘Merfield was born in West Melbourne, Victoria on 30 January 1869 to Thomas and Isabella (née Wardman) Merfield. She studied at the Slade School in London, England and the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. She made generous loans of works from her collection to the inaugural exhibition of Castlemaine Art Gallery in 1913, including paintings by Tudor St George Tucker, Alexander Colquhoun, George Clausen, Frederick McCubbin and Blamire Young.

She was a member of the London Society of Mural Decorators and Painters in Tempera.[6] In 1916 her mural for the Cafe Australia in Melbourne received public acclaim. The building was demolished in 1938. Merfield was a founding member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society. Merfield died on 20 September 1921 in Melbourne.’ – Wikipedia