Who is Rose A. Walker?

By Gwylym Owen

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Rose A. Walker (1879–1942), was an Australian painter and miniaturist. She was a founding devotee of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.

Walker was born in Walhalla in 1879. She attended the Bendigo School of Mines where she studied under Arthur T. Woodward. She later moved to Melbourne where she studied in the same way as Max Meldrum.

Walker exhibited her work something like Melbourne at the Victorian Artists Society, and the Athenaeum Gallery. She showed her work below the name “Mrs George Hartrick” after she wed.

She was a fanatic of the Victorian Artists Society, the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society and the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors.

She died in 1942.

In 2013 Walker was included in the exhibition Towards Perth: Western Australian Women Artists Before 1950 at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in Crawley, Australia.

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