An image of Life study (John Passmore, artist, reclining)

Adelaide Perry

(Australia 23 Jun 1891 – 19 Nov 1973)

Life study (John Passmore, artist, reclining)

Not on display
Further information

Adelaide Perry had a remarkable facility for drawing. Her perceptive and angular rendering of form was acutely expressed in drawings from life, including portraiture, still life and the nude. As a teacher of art to aspiring professionals as well as children, she utilised life drawing and printmaking in instructing others, as well as in her own practice.

Life study (John Passmore, artist, reclining) presents one of Perry’s artist contemporaries, the painter John Passmore, as life model. This large drawing renders the subject’s sinewy body and limbs posed in awkward angles to create a dynamic and complex rending of form. The Gallery has a portrait head of Passmore drawing by Perry from the same period (Portrait of John Passmore c.1933, AGNSW Purchased 1975).

circa 1933
pencil on thin smooth cream wove paper
40.5 x 24.0 cm image; 45.0 x 32.0 cm sight/image
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 2018
Accession number
© Adelaide Perry Estate