I719N 1940s - 1950s Peg Maltby print 'Nibiana'
1940s - 1950s Peg Maltby print 'Nibiana' ($35)
185mm x 255mm
Peg Maltby was a very talented Australian artist specialising in Fairies, Aboriginal children, Australian animals and Australian flora.
She was born Agnes Newberry Orchard in January 1899 in England.
She married George Maltby in 1917 and they migrated to Australia in 1924 and lived in Victoria until she dies in Castlemaine in 1984.
In their earlier days in Australia, George and Peg lived in Coburg where she supplemented the family income by painting commercial items such as chocolate box lids and birthday cards.
She became a member of the Victorian Art Society. Her biggest success came in the 1940s when she published 'Peg's Fairy Book' which sold over 100,000 copies. She produced over 40 children's books.
In 1947 the Maltbys moved to Olinda and she and George set up a studio where she painted Aboriginal figures and faces, and flowers.
Her work was very detailed, combining Australian aboriginal figures, fauna and flora in a story like manner. At some point the family moved to Castlemaine in Central Victoria, where she continued painting until her death in 1984.