Famous Australian Women Bookplate Artists
These artists are wildly known in the Australian bookplate community but I thought I'd shine the spotlight on them for those who have never heard of them before. Ella Dwyer and Eirene Mort were both powerhouses in Australian bookplate design in the first half of the 20th century.
Ella Maggie Dwyer (1887-1979) Dwyer was a printmaker and bookplate designer, born in Hobart on 9 March 1887, daughter of George Lovell Dwyer and Margaret Jane, née Shield. She was a foundation member of the Australian Bookplate Club in 1932. In 1928 Dwyer was elected a member of the Australian Painter-Etchers’ Society. Her atmospheric etchings display her skill in the medium and her draftsmanship.
Eirene Mort (1879-1977) was born in Woollahra, NSW. In 1897 she travelled to London to complete her studies at the Grosvenor Life School, the Royal School of Art Needlework and the Royal College of Art, South Kensington. Returning to Sydney in 1906 she brought with her a Pre-Raphaelite sensibility to her art and methodology. Mort was a founder in 1921 and council-member of the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society, honorary treasurer of the Australian Ex Libris Society and a member of the Australian Bookplate Club.