Historical information

The subject of the painting is Miss Margaret McRae, Principal of Ruyton Girls' School 1963-1985. The portrait was commissioned by the School Council in 1977 (Council minute, 14 June 1977, p1.) and the artist was Miss Shirley Bourne. The painting is likely to have been commissioned in order to mark the centenary celebrations of Ruyton in 1978. Council minutes note the cost of the painting as $750.00

Physical description

Rectangular, framed three quarter length portrait of adult woman seated in a wooden chair. The woman is wearing glasses and an academic gown over an orange dress. She has short dark wavy hair and is sitting three quarters/side on to the viewer. There is a dark mottled brown backdrop behind her.

Inscriptions & markings

Signed lower right in red paint: Shirley Bourne

Mounting & framing

Gold frame; no mount