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

Harold Cazneaux

gelatin silver photograph on paper (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 Six (Tim Fairfax 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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Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Harold Cazneaux's portraits of influential Sydneysiders included Margaret Preston and Ethel Turner, both important figures in the development of ideas about Australian identity and culture.

Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
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Magazine article by Anthony Browell, 2004

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

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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.