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Futility of War

documentary heritage
  • Other Id

    2017 (Presto content ID)

    PD-1997-4 (Reference Number)

    2854 (DBTextworks system ID)

  • Department

Images and documents



  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Futility of War
  • Primary Maker

     Adele Younghusband (Artist)

  • Date
  • Signature/marks

    Adele Younghusband, 1941

  • Physical Description

    650 mm. x 540 mm. (sight)

    725 mm. x 615 mm. (frame)

  • Level of Current Record
  • Media/Materials Description
    Oil on board
  • Subject Category
  • Provenance Details
    Estate of Miss Lillian Hosking
  • Public Access Text

    Adele Mary Younghusband (nee Roche). G.H. Roche

    "To mr Percy Lees from Geoff Roche to dispose of how he likes" [written on backing board]

  • Subject Notes
    Adele Roche was born in Te Awamutu, the daughter of a local politician/farmer and the niece of botanical painter, Fanny Osborne. Against her family's wishes she learnt photography, working as a photographic retoucher in Hamilton. In 1905 she married Frank Younghusband, a grocer and the couple moved to Auckland where Adele joined the Auckland Society of Arts in 1909 [exhibited with ASA until 1946]. The couple separated in 1917 and by 1919 Adele was living in Whangarei and supporting her three children as a successful portrait photographer. With fellow photographer/artist George Woolley, Adele founded the Whangarei Art Society. In later life Adele donated a collection of her work to the city of Whangarei.
    As a single mother during the depression years of the early 1930s she worked in Dargaville and Tauranga before eventually returning to Hamilton. She was in her forties before being able to fully commit to painting.
    In 1934 Adele and Ida Carey founded the Waikato Society of Arts. The late 1930s saw her exhibiting in Sydney and studying painting under George Bell at the Bourke Street Studio School, Melbourne. Bell was a leading spokesman for 'modern art.' Adele's successful Auckland exhibition of 1941 was followed by the establishment of her Panmure-based studio from where she worked for the next twenty years. An artist of competence and versatility she is acknowledged as an early pioneer of surrealism, adept in many mediums who explored diverse subject matter with originality.
    The 2008 exhibition The Cursive Line: Adele Younghusband, curated by Scott Pothan toured by the Whangarei Art Museum.
    From International Art Centre, Parnell website.
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Credit Line
    Mr D.M. Stuart (solicitor), Seddon Street, Waihi. Nov 1997.
  • Last Update
    06 Dec 2022

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