An image of Figure in a garden (The aunt)

Roy de Maistre

(Australia, England 27 Mar 1894 – 01 Mar 1968)

Figure in a garden (The aunt)

Other titles:
The Aunt, 1945 [Whitechapel Art Gallery, Retrospective 1960, Cat.No.62]., Figure in a garden (The Aunt)
Not on display
Further information

De Maistre's friendship with fellow Australian Patrick White whom he met in London in 1936 was an important one for both artist and writer. 'Figure in a garden (The aunt)' was prompted by a photograph of a relative as a young woman in Edwardian dress, found by de Maistre amongst the bombed ruins of Chelsea Barracks. The painting inspired White to create the subject for his 1948 novel The Aunt's Story and was used on the cover of the first edition of this book.

oil on hardboard
90.5 x 63.5 cm board; 108.0 x 80.5 x 7.2 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, black oil "R de Maistre [underlined]". Not dated.
Gift of Patrick White 1974
Accession number
© Caroline de Mestre Walker
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