Mother Knitting

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A portrait of the artist's mother, knitting. Elizabeth Passini was born in Innsbruck in 1911 in to a family of notable Austrian painters. Her great, great, great grandfather, Johann Nepomuk Passini (1798–1874), whose sitters included Franz Schubert, was Court Painter in Vienna. His son, Ludwig Passini (1832–1903) worked in Venice under the patronage of Isabella Stewart Gardner and other wealthy American Collectors. Elisabeth’s cousin, Hans Fronius (1903–1988) became well known in Vienna for his dramatic graphics and illustration, often connected with the theatre. Hans Fronius grew up in Sarajevo and as a young boy witnessed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his father signed the death certificate. Elizabeth studied at the Slade School under Reginald Eves and was awarded a prize in Portrait Painting.

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum



Mother Knitting




oil on canvas


H 46 x W 56 cm

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