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Florence Broadhurst

1975
Lewis Morley

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 45.0 cm x 39.5 cm, image: 35.2 cm x 39.5 cm)

Florence Broadhurst (1899-1977), designer, was born in Bundaberg, Queensland. A talented singer, in the early 1920s she travelled to southeast Asia and established a Performing Arts Academy in Shanghai. She married in England in 1929 and with her husband became co-director and designer for Pellier Ltd, a fashionable Mayfair dress salon. In 1949 she returned to Australia. After ten years of painting and exhibiting, she established a wallpaper business in Sydney. Finding the monochromatic, muted tonings that Australians favoured for interiors insufficiently vigorous to 'withstand modern living', she began producing vibrant oversized prints. The Broadhurst Design Collection had grown to some 800 patterns when Broadhurst was murdered in October 1977 (the case has never been solved). More than 500 examples have been revived by Signature Prints, a Sydney business marketing Broadhurst wallpaper, textiles and art, and the designs have been archived by the Powerhouse Museum.

Gift of the artist 2003. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 50 in 1975)

Florence Broadhurst (age 76 in 1975)

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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Portrait of Florence Broadhurst
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Portrait of Florence Broadhurst
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Be bold

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2007

The name of Florence Broadhurst, one of Australia’s most significant wallpaper and textile designers, is now firmly cemented in the canon of Australian art and design.

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Myself and Eye

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Magda Keaney speaks with Lewis Morley about his photographic career and the major retrospective of his work on display at the NPG.

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