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Rose Lindsay, 1970

Anthony Browell

direct positive colour photograph (sheet: 37.8 cm x 25.4 cm, image: 26.4 cm x 24.5 cm)

Rose Lindsay (née Soady) (1885-1978), artist's model, posed for Sydney Long, Antonio Dattilo Rubbo and Fred Leist before she met Norman Lindsay in 1902. By 1903 she was installed in his Rowe Street studio rooms as his model and lover, and they later married. Rose continued as Lindsay's principal model, becoming possibly the most frequently painted woman in the history of Australian art. She wrote two books on her life, Ma and Pa: My Childhood Memories (1963) and Model Wife: my life with Norman Lindsay (1967). She is photographed standing in front of a painting for which she had posed.

Anthony Browell has been a professional photographer intermittently since 1970. In 1976 he started the workshop at the Australian Centre for Photography.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.76

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Anthony Browell (age 25 in 1970)

Rose Lindsay (age 85 in 1970)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell

Charmed by the Rose

Magazine article by Anthony Browell, 2004

Anthony Browell reminisces about meeting Rose Lindsay, the wife of Australian artist Norman Lindsay.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.