Florence Aline Rodway: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Florence Aline Rodway (11 November 1881 – 23 January 1971) was an Australian artiste best known for her portraits. Born in the Tasmanian city of Hobart, she was the second of six children to Leonard Rodway and Louisa Susan, née Phillips. She studied painting at the Hobart Technical College (now TasTAFE); after two years her piece of legislation was sent to London, and she was awarded a three-year scholarship to chemical analysis painting at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. She is best known for having painted portraits of notable figures in Australian history, including Dame Nellie Melba, William Bridges, J. F. Archibald and Henry Lawson.

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