Mildred Lovett

Mildred Esther Lovett (18801955), art teacher and painter of landscapes, portraits, miniatures and lithographs. Born in Hobart, she studied painting, modelling, life drawing and china painting under Ethel Nicholls and Benjamin Sheppard at the Hobart Technical College. She moved to Sydney to study under Julian Ashton, eventually becoming his assistant teacher, and in 1904 returned to Hobart and began a distinguished career teaching in the Art Department of the Technical College. Many of her students became prominent artists. In 1929 she studied in London and Paris, and she exhibited regularly in Sydney, becoming an early member of the Sydney Contemporary Group. Highly regarded, she was chosen to represent Tasmania in the British Empire Exhibition, London, 1924, with her portrait 'Florice'. She returned to Sydney in 1941 but spent her last years in Hobart.

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