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Janet Cumbrae-Stewart (1883-1960) Australia, EU

(Sandy Bay, Tasmania)
Oil on canvas
38 x 59cm (stretcher) 56 x 74cm (fr)
Condition Appears to have small patch support, lower left on linen verso
Signed lower right 'Cumbrae 16'
Provenance Private Collection, Hobart; Masterpiece Gallery, Hobart 1998; Leonard Joel's, Melbourne 21/4/1998 Lot #205; Private Collection Melbourne from late 1920s, presented by Stella Hastings; Purchased from the artist's studio

Catalogue Details

Lot #6 - Janet Cumbrae Stewart – (Sandy Bay, Tasmania)
Stewart studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, 1901-07 under Bernard Hall and Frederick McCubbin. In 1905 she was awarded second place in the National Gallery’s Travelling Scholarship competition, the winner being Isaac Cohen. She was a member of the Council of the Victorian Artists’ Society in 1914-16 and exhibited regularly with it from 1909 to 1919. She also exhibited with the Queensland Art Society in 1912, 1914 and 1915. In 1914 she sent work to the Panama-Pacific Exposition at San Francisco which won a silver medal. Between 1920 and 1937 she exhibited at Athenaeum Gallery, Melbourne.

In 1922 Cumbrae Stewart travelled to London with her sister Beatrice and began exhibiting at the Beaux Arts Gallery (1924-31), the Royal Academy and at the Old Salon, Paris, where in 1923 she was awarded an honourable mention. She travelled throughout Europe and to Canada. During her seventeen-year stay in Europe, she lived at Avignon, Caen (France) and Laiguelia on the Riviera de Pononte, Northern Italy. She returned to Australia to visit her family in 1939 and remained when World War II broke out. From 1947 until her death on 8 September 1960 she lived at Margaret Street, South Yarra, with her lifelong companion. Miss Argemore ffarington (Bill) Bellairs.

Supporting Images
1) Janet Cumbrae Stewart - Wagon Train on The Murray 1916
Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left ‘ J. Cumbrae Stewart/ 16, 82 x 140.5cm, Est $26,000-$36,000, Menzies, Australian & International Fine Art, Melbourne, 10/08/2017, Lot #9 Provenance: Private Collection, New South Wales, acquired c1947. Thence by descent, private collection, New South Wales Exhibited: (Possibly) Upper Athanaeum Hall, Melbourne 1-13 May 1916

2) Janet Cumbrae Stewart – Hobart Harbour
Oil on board, 20 x 25.5cm, Leonard Joel, Winter Auction, 19/08/2002, Lot no. #246

Condition Report
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