1880-2001, English, Unpublished edition: Papers of Lady Maisie Drysdale, [manuscript]. Drysdale, Maisie, Lady, 1915-2001.

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Papers of Lady Maisie Drysdale
 
Bookmark: https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/30990929
Physical Description
  • 3.75 m. (21 boxes) + 1 fol. box.
Published
  • [ca. 1880-2001]
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Papers of Lady Maisie Drysdale, circa 1880-2001.
Creator
  • Drysdale, Maisie, Lady, 1915-2001.
Other Creators
  • Sculthorpe, Peter, 1929-2014.
Published
  • [ca. 1880-2001]
Medium
  • [manuscript]
Physical Description
  • 3.75 m. (21 boxes) + 1 fol. box.
Subjects
Time Period
  • 1880-2001
Summary
  • MS 9899 comprises papers relating to the life of Maisie Drysdale, which is intertwined with that of her first husband, Peter Purves-Smith, and her second husband, Russell Drysdale. The bulk of the papers relate to her life after her marriage to Drysdale in 1964. There is correspondence, diaries, cuttings, papers relating to "Bouddi Farm" and a large number of photographs which include early family portraits. There are papers relating to the careers of both Purves-Smith and Drysdale which include photographs of their artwork, exhibition catalogues, writings and rough sketches. There are papers relating to Drysdale's involvement with The Pioneer Group and the National Art Gallery Committee of Inquiry. Included in the collection is the original manuscript score of a 1966 work by Peter Sculthorpe dedicated to Drysdale and titled Red landscape (21 boxes, 1 fol. box).
Biography
  • Maisie Drysdale (née Newbold) studied art at the George Bell School, Melbourne, in the mid 1930s where her fellow students included Peter Purves-Smith and Russell Drysdale. Maisie married Purves-Smith in 1946. Prior to his participation in World War II he had begun to develop a name for himself as a talented and innovative artist. Purves-Smith died in 1949 and after his death Maisie undertook librarianship studies in Melbourne. After completing her studies, she held several positions in the public library system of that city, with her particular interest being children's literature. In 1964, Maisie married Russell Drysdale, one of Australia's leading artists. Following their marriage, their lives revolved around the art world, travel overseas and "Bouddi Farm", which was their home on the central coast of New South Wales. After Drysdale's death in 1981 Maisie continued with her interest in these areas.
Notes
  • Manuscript reference no.: MS 9899.
  • Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Lynne Clarke.
  • Interview with Maisie Drysdale, widow of Russell Drysdale Located at National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2978.
Access Conditions
  • Permission required for research. Not for loan.
Language
  • English
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