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Isobel Anderson Stuart design archive

Made by Stuart, Isobel Anderson in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1941-1984.

This is an archive collection of Isobel Anderson Stuart, later Isobel Craig (nee Dunlop, 1906-1997), art/design student, designer, embroiderer and assistant to interior designer and retailer, Marion Hall Best, cotton textile, paper, linoleum and wood, Sydney/ Australia, London/United Kingdom, 1940-1980.

The archive relates in particular to women and design in Sydney in the late 1940s and to designer Isobel Anderson Stuart and interior design retailer, Marion Hall Best. Related to the archive is...


This is a small archive of Isobel Anderson Stuart (1906-1997), designer and embroiderer and assistant to interior designer and retailer Marion Hall Best. It includes sketchbooks, 1940s, design sketches, 1940s, linocuts, 1940s, exhibition invitations and catalogues, 1941-49, letters received from Marion Hall Best, 1960-61, printed material, 1941-84, photographs, 1954 and 1990s and art student's source materials, 1894-1923.


Isobel Anderson Stuart, later Isobel Craig (nee Dunlop), born Inverell NSW 21 May 1906, father was a farmer, married Anders Anderson Stuart [1940s], divorced, married William Craig 12 April 1954, (Jessie Craig later Jessie Bowie- Wilson, the donor, born March 1921), widowed 1990s, died 21 February 1997). Art and design student, designer, embroider and member of the Embroiderer's Guild. Isobel was one of the first assistants, and close friend of interior designer and retailer, Marion Hall Best. She worked in Best's Rowe Street store during 1940s with Dora Sweetapple. Isobel studied at the Double Bay Studio, an experimental studio established in 1945 in Double Bay under the auspices of the Society of Arts and Crafts, NSW. The studio mounted the Colour and Design exhibition in the David Jones Art Gallery in 1949. Isobel Anderson Stuart wrote an article about the School following the exhibition in the journal, Jaras.

References: 'They Teach art, Double Bay Studio', Isabel Anderson Stuart, Jaras Journal of the Arts, 1945; 'Art for housewives', Tatlock Miller, Colour Magazine, c1949, undated newspaper clipping); interview with Jessie Bowie Wilson (Isobel's step-daughter) and Susie Pearson, Jessie Bowie-Wilson's daughter, with Powerhouse Museum curators, Grace Cochrane and Anne-Marie Van de Ven, September 2002.
Stuart, Isobel Anderson 1941-1984


Gift of Jessie Bowie-Wilson, 2003
27 May, 2003

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Isobel Anderson Stuart design archive 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 November 2017, <>
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