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Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968 English
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Vida Lahey : artist / Lilian MacArthur.

  • F2251
  • Item
  • 1969

Photocopy of manuscript of biography of Vida Lahey. This article was written for a literary competition of the Society of Women Writers of N.S.W. in 1969. Daphne Mayo wrote it under the pyseudoynm 'Lilian MacArthur' (a combinaton of her first name and the second name of her father, William MacArthur Mayo). It gives an account of Vida Lahey's family history, her artist development, her art and her involvement in encouraging art in Queensland and for children.

Mayo, Daphne, 1895-1982

Portrait bust of Vida Lahey

Life sized portrait bust of Vida Lahey in plaster, painted brown. Lahey is wearing a tied scarf. Not signed or dated. Vida Lahey visited Mayo at her Sydney Studio in George Street in late 1957 when sittings were made.

Writings of Vida Lahey

Two folders of handwritten notes, in pencil, determined to be by Vida Lahey.

Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968

Mim Shaw Papers

  • UQFL627
  • Collection
  • 1910s-1990

Daphne Mayo and Vida Lahley were mentors, teachers and friends to Mim Shaw. After the death of Daphne Mayo in 1982, Mim was one of the organisers of the 'Friends of Daphne Mayo' group, and her address was used in correspondence for the group. This group was the publisher of Judith McKay’s memorial booklet Daphne Mayo : a tribute to her work for art in Queensland, published in 1983. Mim wrote and/or drafted correspondence regarding the booklet, promoting it and sending it to people and libraries as required. Mim also wrote an account of Vida Lahey, as suggested to her by Daphne Mayo. Mim assisted with Vida Lahey's afternoon painting and drawing classes for children in the 1940s in Brisbane. Material for all three artists are in this collection.

Shaw, Muriel Florence Snell, 1911-1990

Art portfolio with newspaper cuttings

Handmade and hand painted artist folder (38 x 29 cm) with two titles 'Inventories' and 'Inventories of pictures, pots and vases' written on cover. Contains a postcard of 'Monday morning' by Vida Lahey; a University of Queensland envelope with the name and address of Professor R. P. Cummings crossed out and Miss Vida Lahey written on the front and 'Newspaper articles of interest' written on the back; and newspaper cuttings relating to significant events and interests of Vida Lahey, including the art teaching, the World Wars, the royal family, artists, and exhibitions.

Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968

Art portfolio with prints and reproduction prints

Handmade and handpainted artist folder with 'Coloured paper' written on cover. Teaching material [of Vida Lahey] consisting of colour, and black and white reproduction prints, postcards, Christmas cards (some addressed to Vida Lahey), newspaper and periodical cuttings from the 1940s to the 1960s. Included with this file is: Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, 'Untitled', print numbered 348 of 400, 1910s?, 38 x 28 cm

Art portfolio with material on teaching methods

Handmade and hand painted (red and black) artist folder (38 x 29 cm) with colour charts, biographical notes, newspaper cuttings, notes, catalogue with prices from an exhibition of Vida Lahey paintings from the MacQuarie Galleries Canberra in July 1978, Invitiation to the MacQuaries Galleries Exhibition with biographical information, and correspondence

Art portfolio with art reproductions and prints on card

Handmade and hand painted artist folder (46 x 30 cm) with 'Reproductions for classes' and 'Reproductions for use in illustrating principles of design and colour the[ory?]' written on cover. Contains art reproductions and prints pasted onto card. Some signed by Vida Lahey. Possibly used for children’s art classes. Includes postcard of Custom’s House and neon sign “Time for a capstan” and invitation to Daphne Mayo.

Mim Shaw notes and papers

Content in this series is mostly created by Muriel Shaw and reflects her work and association with Vida Lahey, Daphne Mayo, the Half Dozen Group of Artists, teaching, and her artistic interests.

The rudiments of the language of art

  • F2622
  • Item
  • [21 April 1942]

This typescript is based on a lecture Vida Lahey delivered in the University of Queensland Duhig lecture which explains her views on the philosophy of a universal language of art. A philosophy she applied in her children's art classes established at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1941.

Written, arranged and bound by Vida Lahey, lettering by R.J. Pring. At head of title page.: A record of the second lecture in a series of lectures on art, sponsored by Professor J.V. Duhig for the University of Queensland. Text is typed on white foolscap sheets which have been pasted on the brown sheet forming the volume. Accompanying illustrations, both reproductions and originals have also been pasted in. Hand decorated covers. 9 unnumbered blank pages of brown paper.

At the bottom of the title page: The contention put forward in this address is that deeper comprehension and greater enjoyment would be derived from art, if it was regarded primarily as a visual language operating through shapes and colours, rather than through subject matter only. This language comprises an alphabet and roots, grammar and syntax, principles of composition, dialect and styles.

Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968

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