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23 facts about Doris Boyd

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By Gwylym Owen

Doris Lucy Eleanor Bloomfield Boyd (née Gough; 20 November 1888 – 13 June 1960) was an Australian artist, painter and ceramicist.

Doris Boyd was the youngest of six children, born to Victorian Naval Forces Lieutenant Thomas Bunbury Gough and Evelyn Anna Walker Gough (née Rigg).

Doris grew stirring in an peculiar household, in which her mother’s buoyant spirit, radical politics and Christian Science faith contrasted like her father’s conservative background and temperament. Her relatives line ran directly incite to Thomas Bunbury Gough, a Dean of Derry, brother to the good soldier Hugh Gough, the 1st Viscount Gough. Bunbury Gough was a Lieutenant in the Victorian Navy along with 1885 and 1888, a high rank at the time. As Lieutenant, he was in encounter of processing the HMVS Cerberus when the Commander was not upon board. Outside of his naval career in Victoria, he worked variously as a merchant, as an insurance agent, and as a commission agent, as did his father-in-law. Evelyn was co-proprietor of The Sun: A Society Courier.

Doris Gough studied below Bernard Hall and Frederick McCubbin at the National Gallery School where she met Merric Boyd, a fellow student and potter. Boyd came from a background of artists who collectively formed the Boyd family.

In 1915, she married Boyd, and together they raised five children: Lucy,Arthur (painter, ceramics), Guy (pottery, sculpture), David (pottery, painting) and Mary.

Doris garlanded many of Merric Boyd’s works amid 1920 and 1930. These were mostly pieces for domestic use, featuring Australian flora and fauna. Boyd’s Murrumbeena studio and his pottery were destroyed by flare in 1926.

With a mighty faith in Christian Science, Doris influenced her husband, an epileptic, to convert in his latter years. She died on 13 June 1960, nine months after Merric. They are buried side by side at Brighton General Cemetery, Caulfield South, Victoria, Australia.

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