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  • Title
    Item 01: Portrait of Margaret Coen, 1932 / Edmund Arthur Harvey
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  • Call number
    ML 1305
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 3, West Wall, no. 238
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  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on canvas - image 74 x 58.8 cm, frame 92 x 76.5 cm

    Edmund Arthur Harvey (1907-94) was a British-born Australian painter of landscapes in oils. From 1927-28 he worked as assistant to George Lambert. Harvey was elected member of the Society of Artists in 1932. In 1933 he assisted Norman Carter in preparing cartoons for stained-glass windows called Sheep Country, and two murals for the former Rural Bank building in Martin Place, Sydney. In 1935 Harvey and Arthur Murch founded the School of Decorative Arts, situated at the corner of Liverpool and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney.
    Harvey worked as an art teacher at the North Sydney Technical College and the National Art School in Sydney

    ‘E.A. Harvey’, Design and Art Australia online. http://www.daao.org.au/bio/edmund-arthur-harvey/biography/? (accessed 26 November, 2012)

    Margaret Coen met Harvey at night classes at the Royal Art Society. According to Meg Stewart, Harvey’s portrait of Coen was painted in a studio in a condemned building next to Pfahlert’s Hotel overlooking Wynyard Park in Margaret Street, Sydney in 1932. Margaret Coen was in her early 20s when the portrait was done and was struggling to earn a living in commercial art as well as attending night art classes

    Autobiography of my mother / Meg Stewart. rev. ed. Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2007, p.180-182

    The painting was a finalist in the 1932 Archibald Prize competition.

    Harvey also exhibited it in a 1933 solo show at the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, and also at a Society of Artists exhibition. The Sydney Morning Herald of 17 May 1933, p.8 described the painting as a 'technical triumph, very much in the [GW] Lambert tradition.'
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright - Life of creator plus 70 years
    Copyright holder:: Assignee of Edmund Arthur Harvey
    Approval for reproduction required:
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder
  • Published Information
    Published in: Autobiography of my mother / Meg Stewart. rev. ed. Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2007
  • General note

  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed lower right hand corner
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  • Exhibited in

    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (2018)
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