24 Jul 2018 to 10 Nov 2018
This exhibition celebrates the diverse and impressive works of Curzona Frances Louise (Lily) Allport (1860 – 1949). It aims to give the much overlooked artist the attention and place in the history of Australian art she deserves.
Over eighty of Lily’s original watercolours, oils, lithographs, linocuts, drawings, silk fans, sketchbooks and personal objects are displayed in the largest ever exhibition of her works. Lily Allport was influenced by the Art Deco aesthetic and Japanese woodcuts in her printmaking. She also produced Tasmanian landscapes, European architectural studies, portraits of women and children, botanical illustrations and studies of animals.
At the age of 27, Lily travelled to England to study under Dutch artist Hubert Vos and later Charles Furse. In 1893, she became the first Tasmanian-born artist to have her work hung in the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
The exhibition was opened by the Hon. Elise Archer MP on the anniversary of the artist’s birth in 1860. At the event, local artist Penny Carey Wells launched the book Miss Lily: A Portrait of the Artist Curzona Allport, by author and former Allport librarian, Marian Jameson.