The well-known Australian painter Margaret Olley died on the 26th of July.
In 1948, at the beginning of her career, William Dobell’s portrait of her won the Archibald Prize. This year, fittingly, the prize was won by a portrait of her painted by Ben Quilty.
The director of the Queensland Art Gallery predicted an outstanding future for the 26 year old Margaret Olley in this newspaper article from 1951. I think he was right. She was finalizing paintings for yet another an exhibition right up until her death on Tuesday night, aged 88.
The Courier Mail. 10 Apr 1951 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50095426