An image of The kitchen lancers

DH Souter

(Australia 1862 – 1935)

The kitchen lancers

Not on display
Further information

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, David Henry Souter was a housepainter and signwriter turned illustrator, cartoonist and journalist in Scotland and South Africa (where he married), before coming to Australia and settling in Sydney in 1886. Souter worked for the publisher John Sands, 'The tribune' and 'The bulletin' in Sydney. He was an active member of the Art Society of New South Wales and President of the breakaway Society of Artists for a time. He also illustrated books (including several for Ethel Turner), designed posters and bookplates, wrote librettos and produced plays for Sydney's Repertory Theatre. His comic strips were popular, as were his war cartoons during World War I. He was editor of 'Art and Architecture' 1904-11 and later in life the literary editor of 'Country life' magazine.

The stylized cats, seen in the hem of the dress of the woman to the right, was a signature motif of Souter, and appeared in many of his drawings.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
pen, brush and black ink on two joined sheets of thin card
28.1 x 52.4 cm sheet overall
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner., pen and black ink "HSOUTER [artist's monogram]/ ... -97".

Purchased 1968
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