Norman Lindsay Ink & Watercolor Illustration Original Art Cosmopolitan 1931

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Norman Lindsay Ink & Watercolor Illustration Original Art 1931

Incredible find this large 33 x 29" Illustration from Cosmopolitan December 1931

From the story Senor Shark by Wallace Smith

This is the hand drawn one of a kind original art by Norman Lindsay.

Much of Lindsay's original art was burnt up in a train fire during WWII.

The auction record for Norman Lindsay is $277,000 and for a pen & ink work the record is $18,000. Don't miss out on this rare chance to own an original by Norman Lindsay.


Norman Alfred William Lindsay (22 February 1879 – 21 November 1969) was an Australian artist

Personal life

Lindsay married Catherine (Kate) Agatha Parkinson, in Melbourne on 23 May 1900. Their son Jack was born in Melbourne on 20 October 1900, followed by Raymond in 1903 and Philip in 1906. They divorced in 1918. Philip died in 1958 and Raymond in 1960. In the Lindsay tradition, Jack became a prolific publisher, writer, translator and activist.

Rose Soady

Rose Soady began modelling for Lindsay in 1920. She became his second wife, his most recognizable model, his business manager, and the printer for most of his etchings. By the time he left for London in 1909, Rose supplanted his wife and joined him there in 1910. [1]

Lindsay married Soady on 14 January 1920. Their children, Jane and Helen (Honey), were born in 1920 and 1922 respectively. Jane died in 1999. Honey remained in the U.S. after visiting with her mother to cache her father's works at the beginning of World War II and Jane acquired the printmaking studio on the Faulconbridge property in 1949 and build a house around it. Honey married twice, the first marriage was to Bruce Glad, the second to Richard Siau. Jane later married Honey's first husband, Bruce Glad.


Lindsay is widely regarded as one of Australia 's greatest artists, producing a vast body of work in different media, including pen drawing , etching , watercolour , oil and sculptures in concrete and bronze .

A large body of his work is housed in his former home at Faulconbridge, New South Wales , now the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum , and many works reside in private and corporate collections. His art continues to climb in value today. In 2002, a record price was attained for his oil painting Spring's Innocence , which sold to the National Gallery of Victoria for A$333,900.


His frank and sumptuous nudes were highly controversial. In 1940, Soady took sixteen crates of paintings, drawings and etchings to the U.S. to protect them from the war. Unfortunately, they were discovered when the train they were on caught fire and were impounded and subsequently burned as pornography by American officials. Soady's older brother Lionel remembers Lindsay's reaction: "Don't worry, I'll do more." [1]


Lindsay's creative output was vast, his energy enormous. Several eyewitness accounts tell of his working practices in the 1920s. He would wake early and produce a watercolour before breakfast, then by mid-morning he would be in his etching studio where he would work until late afternoon. He would work on a concrete sculpture in the garden during the afternoon and in the evening write a new chapter for whatever novel he was working on at the time.

As a break, he would work on a model ship some days. He was highly inventive, melting down the lead casings of oil paint tubes to use for the figures on his model ships, made a large easel using a door, carved and decorated furniture, designed and built chairs, created garden planters, Roman columns and built his own additions to the Faulconbridge property.

In 1938, Lindsay published Age of Consent , which focused on the experience of a middle-aged painter on a trip to a rural area, who meets an adolescent girl who serves as his model, and then lover. The book, published in Britain, was banned in Australia until 1962. [2]


In 1895, Lindsay m...