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Wild Love: The ambitions of Adelaide Ironside, the first Australian artist to astonish the world

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Wild Love: The ambitions of Adelaide Ironside, the first Australian artist to astonish the world

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SKU: 9781760296759 Categories: , Product ID: 706942

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Title: Wild Love: The ambitions of Adelaide Ironside, the first Australian artist to astonish the world
Author: LINDSEY KIERA
Format: PAPERBACK
Publication date: 31/10/2023
Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN
Price: $37.00
Publishing status: Active

Colonial lasses were expected to marry at 16, but she wanted to be an artist, not a wife, and she had big ambitions. She wanted to train with the best painters of her day in Europe, to elevate her sex, and to adorn her home town of Sydney with republican frescos.


Adelaide Ironside was the first locally-born professional painter in colonial Australia. She astonished the poet Robert Browning with her ‘wild and enthusiastic ways’, was mentored by John Ruskin, sold her work to the Prince of Wales, and won accolades in Rome and London as well as Paris and Sydney. Yet today she is largely forgotten.


In this powerful and poignant biography, historian Kiera Lindsey recreates Adelaide’s life and her relationship with her mother Martha, who was her greatest supporter, but also hindered her from fully realising her ambitions. She reveals the romantic mysticism that underpinned Adelaide’s life and work, as well as the way dramatic tensions in the art world ignited by the Pre-Raphaelites changed the course of Adelaide’s art and career.


‘An enchanting story of a brilliant young woman who lived, and died, for her art.’ -Sue Williams, author of Elizabeth and Elizabeth


‘This bold work of imagination and research is as startling as the wild paintings that made Ironside famous.’ -Dr William Pooley, Modern History, University of Bristol

ISBN: 9781760296759
Dimension: 234mm X 153mm
Pages: 464

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Dimensions 234 × 153 mm