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Rose Lindsay in garden at Springwood with Peter the fox terrier, c. 1924

Harold Cazneaux

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 19.8 cm x 16.2 cm, image: 17.3 cm x 14.0 cm)

Rose Lindsay (née Soady, 1885–1978), artist’s model and author, posed for Sydney Long, Antonio Dattilo Rubbo, Julian Ashton, Fred Leist and several other artists before she met Norman Lindsay in 1902. By 1903 she was installed in his studio rooms in Rowe Street, Sydney, as his model and lover, and in 1912 she moved with him to the property near Springwood in the Blue Mountains which became their home for much of the next 60 years. They married in 1920. 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).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Accession number: 2008.89

Currently on display: Gallery Four (Liangis Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Harold Cazneaux (age 46 in 1924)

Rose Lindsay (age 39 in 1924)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts


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