Homestead, Eltham

Margery Withers

Homestead, Eltham by Margery Withers


Margery Withers
Homestead, Eltham
oil on wooden panel
24.5 x 35.5 cm

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Further Information

Margery Withers is the daughter of Walter Withers, a celebrated artist of the Heidelberg School of Australian Impressionism. She studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne and followed in her father’s footsteps becoming an artist and art teacher, including an exhibition at The Athenaeum in 1922 along with her siblings, Nancy and Meynell Withers and her work was included in an exhibition of Australian art at the Royal Academy London in 1923. She was a finalist in the 1939 Archibald Prize with a portrait of her artist husband, Dick McCann. She painted portraits as well as landscapes in oil and watercolour.

Homestead, Eltham is a subject also frequently painted by Walter Withers, depicting the area where the family lived at Eltham, looking down from their home in Brougham Street to the township. The work shows an influence of her father’s impressionist style and was likely painted en plein air; the immediacy captured in her vigorous brushwork.

With thanks to Andrew McKenzie for his assistance, particularly in confirming the location of the scene.

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