(Cottage Garden)

Dora Meeson

Dora Meeson Cottage Garden
(Cottage Garden) by Dora Meeson


Dora Meeson
(Cottage Garden)
oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm

signed lower left: Dora Meeson / 1929

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Dora Meeson established a successful career as a painter exhibiting at the Paris Salon and the Royal Academy and holding exhibition in Australia in 1913, 1934 and a solo exhibition in 2013 at Castlemaine Art Gallery. Meeson moved with her family living between London, New Zealand and Melbourne, studying at the Christchurch School of Art and the National Gallery School, Melbourne. There is some evidence that she was the winner of the Travelling Scholarship Prize in 1896, with her painting At Last, but she withdrew to allow the award to go to George Coates, whom she eventually married. Meeson was able to travel to Europe of her own accord to further her studies at the Slade School, London (1896-98) and Academie Julien, Paris (1898 – 99). From 1906, Meeson and Coates lived in Chelsea, moving in bohemian circles including Augustus John, William Orpen and John Singer Sergent. Meeson was an important figure in the suffragette movement, and painted the banner carried by Australian and New Zealand Women Voter’s Committee in the procession of 1911, which was honoured on a commemorative $1 coin in Australia in 2003.