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Rachel Roxburgh, 1939

Adelaide Perry

oil on canvas (frame: 77.0 cm x 67.0 cm, support: 61.0 cm x 51.0 cm)

Rachel Roxburgh BEM (1915–1991), artist, educator, conservationist, and heritage campaigner, was born in Sydney and studied at East Sydney Technical College and the Adelaide Perry Art School in the early 1930s. Subsequently, she exhibited with the Contemporary Group, the Society of Artists and at the Macquarie Galleries, and in 1940 organised an exhibition in aid of the Sydney Artists’ and Journalists’ Fund. During World War II she joined a Voluntary Aid Detachment and qualified as a nurse at Sydney Hospital. After the war she spent time in Europe, furthering her studies at the London Central and Hammersmith Art Schools and travelling and sketching in France, Italy, Spain and south-west England. She held her first solo exhibition after returning to Sydney in 1956 and the same year became a member of the newly-formed Potters Society with whom she also exhibited. During the same period she joined the National Trust of Australia (NSW), later becoming a member of its council (1961–76) and executive (1961–63). She also served on the Trust's women’s committee and as a member of the survey committee worked to identify and classify the colonial architectural heritage of New South Wales. A school art teacher for over twenty years, Roxburgh also wrote several articles and books on colonial Australian architecture.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

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Accession number: 2018.4

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Artist and subject

Adelaide Perry (age 48 in 1939)

Rachel Roxburgh (age 24 in 1939)

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