Beecroft, Herbert. PASTEL PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN WOMAN captioned R.M.S. Ortona, Feb. 10 1905. A very fine original pastel portrait on olive-green laid paper, 140 by 240 mm approx., plus margins to 235 by 305 mm approx. (margins slightly frayed); in fine condition, signed by the artist lower right. Aboard R.M.S. Ortona; The Artist; 1905.
***Herbert Beecroft was a widely printed early twentieth-century Sydney painter, miniaturist, postcard artist and theatrical lightning sketch artist and lecturer. His postcards include Australian Characters, six types of Australian women, published in the NSW Bookstall Company's 'Art Series'. Beecroft was born in England and migrated to Sydney arriving in 1905 in the 'Ortona'. This fine picture was drawn on board ship shortly before his arrival. #68148
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