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Cocktails in the Bush [picture] / Ida Outhwaite
Bib ID 895902
Format PicturePicture
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Outhwaite, Ida Rentoul, 1888-1960
 
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Description ca. 1927 
1 drawing : pen, ink and watercolour ; 42.3 x 36.1 cm. 
Biography/History

Ida Sherbourne Rentoul Outhwaite was born in Melbourne on 9 June 1888 to Annie Isobel Rattray and John Laurence Rentoul, a Professor at the University of Melbourne. She showed artistic talent as a young child and published her first book at the age of 16. Although she never received formal training, Outhwaite published over 60 books in her lifetime and received acclaim for her whimsical pen-and-ink watercolors. In the 1920's and 30's she had numerous one-woman exhibits throughout Europe and Australia. She illustrated magazines, cards, songbooks, and advertising materials. Outhwaite illustrated a comic strip for a children's page of the Weekly Times from February 1933 until August 1939 when it was cancelled due to the start of World War II. The main character, Benjamin Bear, was a combination teddy bear and koala bear. Outhwaite died on 25 June 1960.

Notes

Title from auction catalogue: Leonard Joel, Australia, 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, Vic. 3141, 1 May 2001, Lot 71.

Signed with initials "I.R.O"--Lower left.

Letters "A.G.O. des." appear in the middle on the right hand side, a reference to the artist's married name- Mrs Arthur Grenbry Outhwaite.

Condition: good.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Subjects Elves -- Pictorial works.  |  Koala -- Pictorial works.  |  Fairies -- Pictorial works.  |  Kookaburra -- Pictorial works.  |  Rabbits -- Pictorial works.  |  Legends -- Australia -- Pictorial works.
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Exhibited Exhibited: “Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature”, National Library of Australia, 22 August 2019 – 16 February 2020.  Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 12 December 2012 - 7 July 2013. 

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