John Longstaff | Lady in Grey

John Longstaff | Lady in Grey

John Longstaff | Lady in Grey

Lady in Grey 1890 Paris oil on canvas. Brilliant student Longstaff was awarded the National Gallery School’s first travelling scholarship in 1887. Before sailing from Melbourne to Europe where he joined a small group of Australian expatriate artists living in Paris, he married 17 year old Rosa Louisa (Topsy) Crocker, the subject of Lady in Grey. The subtle tonalities of this work and its fashionable Japonist theme are inspired by James McNeill Whistler. This was Longstaff’s first Parisian success and was hung ‘on the line’ at the 1890 Paris Salon

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