5. RUPERT CHARLES WULSTEN BUNNY (1864-1947)
The Artist's Sister Hilda Reading 1890
oil on panel
24.2 x 15.2 cm
signed and dated lower left: Rupert Bunny/ 90'
Tom Silver Fine Art, Sydney, 1985
Gould Galleries. Melbourne, 1999
Private collection Melbourne
Melbourne Fine Art, 2006
Collectors Exhibition: Important Australian Artists 1830-1940, Tom Silver Fine Art, Sydney, 31 March-21 April 1985, cat.35 (as "Portrait of a Young Woman Reading, illus.)
Hilda Eleanor Marie Bunny (later Mackinnon), Rupert Bunny's favourite sister, travelled with her mother in 1889-90 to Paris and London to visit her beloved brother. Similar as they were in age, the siblings had a close and loving relationship, depicted tenderly here in this artist's portrait of his sister reading in 1890.
We would like to thank David Thomas for his help in cataloguing this work