Smith, Grace Cossington (1892-1984)

Also known as
Cossington Smith, Grace (1892-1984)
Smith, Grace (1892-1984)
Smith, Grace Cossington, (OBE, AO) (1892-1984)
Field of activity
Artist; Painter; Draughtsman; Cartoonist / Illustrator
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Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984), artist, was born on 20 April 1892 at Cossington, Neutral Bay, Sydney, second of five children of Ernest Smith, London-born crown solicitor, and his wife Grace, née...

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Grace Cossington Smith had her first solo exhibition in 1928, and her work was reproduced in . She painted landscapes, streetscapes, and native flowers as well as interior paintings. Between 1932 and 1977, she held eighteen solo exhibitions, and in 1973 the Art Gallery of New South Wales held a retrospective exhibition of her work.

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Painter, born in Neutral Bay, Sydney. A student of Dattilo Rubbo, Cossington Smith was quick to absorb modernist ideas and in 1915 exhibited 'The Sock Knitter', described by Daniel Thomas as 'perhaps the first fully Post-Impressionist work painted in Australia'.

painter, was born at Neutral Bay, Sydney, second of the five children of Ernest Augustus Smith, a solicitor, and Grace, nee Fisher, daughter of the rector and squire of Cossington, Leicestershire, who had studied music in Germany. Grace junior was a boarder at Miss Connolly’s school at Point Piper, Sydney then attended Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga, where she was taught art by Albert Collins and Alfred Coffey . She was also encouraged by the headmistress, Marian Clarke, herself a talented watercolourist. In 1910 she began drawing lessons with Dattilo Rubbo ; her early sketchbooks consist of realistic pencil drawings of familiar household articles. On a two-year trip to England with her sister in 1912, she attended drawing classes at Winchester School of Art, and also at Stettin, Germany. In 1914 Cossington Smith rejoined her family in their newly acquired home in Turramurra, built by a previous owner to accommodate Quaker religious meetings and renamed Cossington by its new owners. It was Grace’s home for 65 years. She also returned to Dattilo Rubbo’s classes. With the help of overseas magazines and books and reproductions brought from England by a former pupil, Norah Simpson, Rubbo encouraged enthusiasm for modern art. Cossington Smith absorbed modernist ideas quickly and in 1915 exhibited The Sock Knitter – 'perhaps the first fully Post-Impressionist work painted in Australia’, Daniel Thomas states. Although several of her paintings depict social conditions – Troops Marching , Strike , Crowd at the Races and Rushing – she described her work at this time ...

  • outdoor sketching classes
  • art classes with Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly, NSW
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at the University of Western Australia
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • Grace Cossington Smith: A Life from drawings in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia
  • The Australian Landscape
  • Retrospective Exhibition
  • [18 solo exhibitions]
  • Royal Art Society annual exhibition
  • Ocean to Outback: Australian landscape painting 1850-1950
  • Grace Cossington Smith: the lacquer room
  • Grace Cossington Smith retrospective
  • Review
  • Eveolution: An exhibition of women's art from the Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection
  • A l'hombre des jeunes filles et des fleurs: In the shadow of young girls and flowers
  • Colonial Pastime to Contemporary Profession: 150 years of Australian Women's Art
  • Australian Women Artists of the Twentieth Century from the collection of Elinor and Fred Wrobel
  • In the Company of Women: 100 years of Australian women's art from the Cruthers collection
  • Women and Art
  • Women hold up half the sky
  • The Women's View: Australian women artists in the Bendigo Art Gallery, 1888-1995
  • Look, Look Again
  • Exhibition of paintings by women artists
  • Exhibition of Australian women painters
  • Modern Australian Women: paintings and prints 1925-1945
  • BRAG 200x200
  • Women Painters: 1st Annual Exhibition
  • Project 21: Women's Images of Women
  • Australian Women Artists, One Hundred Years 1840 -1940
  • Of and by Women
  • Grace Cossington Smith and other women artists from the collection
  • An exhibition of Women's achievements in the Arts
  • Christmas exhibition
  • (see also) Order of Australia
  • (see also) Order of the British Empire
  • (see also) Collins, Albert
  • (see also) Coffey, Alfred R.
  • (see also) Clarke, Marian
  • (see also) Simpson, Norah
  • (see also) Anderson, Ethel
  • (see also) Rubbo, A. Dattilo
  • (see also) Thomas, Daniel

    <p>curator responsible for first significant research on her work</p>

  • (see also) Smith, Ernest Augustus
  • (see also) Smith, Grace
  • (see also) Drysdale, Maisie
  • (see also) Smith, Bernard

    <p>First collected data on her for AGNSW catalogue, then wrote on her significance in Australian Painting (1962)</p>

  • (see also) Cambridge, Enid
  • (see also) Fletcher, Ann Judith
  • (see also) Greene, Nancy
  • (see also) Jarret, Dora
  • (see also) Proctor, Thea
  • (see also) Rubbo, Dattilo

    <p>taught</p>

  • (see also) Rubbo, Antonio Dattilo
  • (see also) Sweetapple, Dora
  • (see also) Thomas, Daniel
  • (see also) Wakelin, Roland
  • (see also) Turramurra Wall Painters Union
  • (see also) Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, NSW

    <p>exhibited with</p>

  • (see also) War Phrases
  • (see also) Rushing
  • (see also) Crowd at the Races
  • (see also) Strike
  • (see also) Troops Marching
  • (see also) Untitled (Still Life)
  • (see also) What a Xmas Belle you are
  • (see also) Xmas Belle
  • (see also) The Davis Cup goes home
  • (see also) The revival of German music 1920
  • (see also) The Great Illusion
  • (see also) The Sock Knitter

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Smith, Grace Cossington
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Smith, Grace Cossington (1892-1984)
    Thomas, Daniel
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  4. Grace Cossington Smith: A Life: From drawings in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia
    Thomas, Daniel
    [Canberra]
    Published: The Gallery
  5. 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
    Radi, Heather
    [Broadway, NSW]
    Published: Women's Redress Press
  6. Self-portrait of Grace Cossington Smith
    [1951]

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  1. [Grace Cossington Smith : Australasian Art & Artists File]
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
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  2. Grace Cossington Smith : a restrospective exhibition : National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 4 March - 13 June 2005
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Book : 2005 ]
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  3. 15 slides 1915-62 / Grace Cossington-Smith
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Art work : 1982 ]
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  4. [Self-portrait of Grace Cossington Smith] Grace Cossington Smith
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Art work : 1951 ]
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    [Self-portrait of Grace Cossington Smith] Grace Cossington Smith
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  5. Interview with Grace Cossington Smith / by Denise Hickey
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Sound : 1972 ]
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  6. Grace Cossington Smith : education resource
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Book, Government publication : 2005 ]
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  7. Peripheral vision, some speculations on photography and Grace Cossington Smith / curated by Helen Ennis, Bruce James & Jim Logan ; Waverley City Gallery, October-November 1993
    James, Bruce
    [ Book : 1992 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  8. Grace Cossington Smith interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Sound : 1965 ]
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  9. Grace Cossington Smith 1892-1984 : survey exhibition 1919-1971, Painters Gallery September 8-September 26 1987, Niagara Galleries October 7-October 24 1987
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Book : 1987 ]
    At 12 libraries
    Grace Cossington Smith 1892-1984 : survey exhibition 1919-1971, Painters Gallery September 8-September 26 1987, Niagara Galleries October 7-October 24 1987
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  10. Grace Cossington Smith interviewed by Denise Hickey in Denise Hickey collection
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Sound : 1973 ]
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  1. [Grace Cossington Smith : Australasian Art & Artists File]
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Book ]
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  2. Grace Cossington Smith : a restrospective exhibition : National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 4 March - 13 June 2005
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Book : 2005 ]
    At UQ Library
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  3. 15 slides 1915-62 / Grace Cossington-Smith
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Art work : 1982 ]
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  4. [Self-portrait of Grace Cossington Smith] Grace Cossington Smith
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Art work : 1951 ]
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    [Self-portrait of Grace Cossington Smith] Grace Cossington Smith
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  5. Interview with Grace Cossington Smith / by Denise Hickey
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Sound : 1972 ]
    At UNSW Library
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  6. Grace Cossington Smith : education resource
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Book, Government publication : 2005 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  7. Grace cossington Smith : artist file
    Smith, Grace Cossington
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    At Nat Portrait Gall
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  8. Peripheral vision, some speculations on photography and Grace Cossington Smith / curated by Helen Ennis, Bruce James & Jim Logan ; Waverley City Gallery, October-November 1993
    James, Bruce
    [ Book : 1992 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  9. [Biographical cuttings on Grace Cossington-Smith, former painter, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  10. Grace Cossington Smith interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Smith, Grace Cossington, 1892-1984
    [ Sound : 1965 ]
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    Grace Cossington Smith interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
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  2. Dattilo-Rubbo, Antonio (1870-1955)
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  1. QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 1983 HONOURS
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Special (National : 1977 - 2012) Saturday 11 June 1983 p 1

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... , W8 England For service to music Miss Grace COSSINGTON-SMITH, O B E , 'Cossington' 45 Ku ... Beach, NSW 2107 For service to literature Mervyn Henry PARRY, D F C & Bar, AFC, 13 Gold smith Road ... 4718 words
    • Text last corrected on 19 May 2018 by tolina
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  2. REGISTRATION OF STOCK BRANDS ACT, 1921.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 28 September 1923 [Issue No.114] p 4259

    Government Gazette Notices Illustrated

    ... . Augustus), Comara, East Kempsey Grace Jas., and Wade Ellen Mary, Sugarloaf, Cavan, viu"Ya§s McKinnon Win ... , Palmer s Island Williams Ralph Alexander, Glen Roy, Glencoe Smith Horace Albert, Green Meadows, Ladysmith ... 54150 words
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  3. BANKRUPTCIES ON DEBTORS' PETITIONS
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Business (National : 1987 - 2004) Tuesday 27 April 1993 p 1277

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    ... .3.93) NB680/93—Re Camillo Perinotti, 26/21 Cossington Smiths Crescent, Lyneham 2614, occupation unknown, (16 ... Jason Mark Smith, 48 Willon Drive, Metford 2323, unemployed (30.3.93) NB836/93—Re Jutta Marcic c, (also ... 2647 words
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  1. Smith, Grace Cossington
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    At NGV Library
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  2. Catalogue : Grace Cossington Smith, 1973
    [ Unpublished : 1973 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Sydney Review ( December ) Grace Cossington - Smith
    [ Unpublished : 1990 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. Grace Cossington Smith
    Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938) Wednesday 1 August 1928 p 32 Article Illustrated
    ... Grace Cossington Smith More and more the influence of the modem schools of painting is being seen ... Miss Grace Cossington Smith, whose first "one-man" show is now being held at the Grosvenor Galleries ... 1104 words
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  2. MAGAZINE SECTION ART Grace Cossington Smith
    Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 - 1954) Thursday 25 September 1947 p 8 Article
    ... MAGAZINE SECTION ART Grace Cossington Smith There are probably few paint-ers who take their ... painting sadly, although the work of some of them would give that impression. In Miss Smith's case that is ... 306 words
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  3. A COLOURIST'S SHOW. Grace Cossington Smith's Style.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Friday 10 November 1939 p 6 Article
    ... A COLOURIST'S SHOW. Grace Cossington Smith's Style. Grace Cossington Smith's style has under-gone a ... do; and at their best they achieve something unique In Australian paint-ing. Miss Cossington Smith ... 276 words
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  1. Grace Cossington Smith
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    Art and Australia
    [ Article : 1967 ]
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  2. Market profile: Grace Cossington Smith
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    [ Article : 2005 ]
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  3. Grace Cossington Smith and photography
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    [ Article : 1998 ]
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  4. The enchanted world of Grace Cossington Smith
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  1. Smith, Grace Cossington
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  2. (Cossington desk)
    COSSINGTON SMITH, Grace
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  3. 'My cupboard, open', Cossington, Turramurra
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  4. Grace Cossington-Smith : a retrospective exhibition
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  1. The lacquer room by Grace Cossington-Smith
    [ Video : 1979 ]
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  2. The Australian modernists 1916-1942 : Ronald Wakelin, Roy de Maistre, Grace Cossington Smith, Frank Hinder, Margaret Preston. / producer Malcolm Otton ; director David Muir
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  3. Modernist greats: O'Keeffe, Preston & Cossington Smith
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
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    Modernist greats: O'Keeffe, Preston & Cossington Smith
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  4. Interview with Treania Smith / interviewer, James Gleeson
    Smith, Treania, 1901-1990
    [ Sound : 1979 ]
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