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Mary MacQueen, 1990

Anne Zahalka

direct positive colour photograph (sheet: 69.9 cm x 70.5 cm)

Mary MacQueen studied for a year at the George Bell School after the war, and for another year at RMIT a decade later. She won the first of her many prizes for drawings and prints, the VAS Drawing Prize, in 1957. An acknowledged master of open line drawings of birds and animals, MacQueen held nearly 30 solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne from 1945 onwards. She taught freehand drawing and printmaking at RMIT for some years. Her works are held in the collections of the National Gallery, all state galleries and many regional galleries.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Anne Zahalka/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2003.13.3

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Anne Zahalka (age 33 in 1990)

Mary MacQueen (age 78 in 1990)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Leo Christie (10 portraits)

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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.