Framed Portrait of Edris Marks

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Framed pastel portrait. Gilt on wood frame with gold cardboard matt. Behind glass. Depicts Edris Marie Blanche Marks as bridesmaid at the 1896 wedding of Dr E. G. Keighly Marks and Harriet Donkin. Edris is wearing bridesmaid dress made by Janet Walker.
CH classification FINE ARTS Drawings pastel
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L500 x W450 x H48 mm
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Indeterminate (Glass), Indeterminate (Paper), Indeterminate (Woods)
History and use
This pastel portrait depicts Edris Marks as a bridesmaid in 1896. The artist is not known, though it is thought to be taken from a photo by Louis de Rougement. Edris Marks was the daughter of Charles Ferdinand Marks, a surgeon and early member of the Queensland Legislative Council, and the aunt of prominent entomologist Pat Marks. In the portrait, she is dressed to attend the wedding of her uncle E G Keighly Marks who was a doctor, like his brother Charles, and maintained a country medical practice in Samford.

The young bridesmaid wears a dress made by Janet Walker, Brisbane’s leading costumière of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ms Walker ran the largest private dressmaking establishment in colonial Brisbane. Her dresses were highly desirable for weddings and balls.

Edris Marks assisted her father with the running of his businesses and lived in the Marks family home in Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, until her death in 1977. The portrait is part of Queensland Museum’s substantial Marks collection.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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