Part of the exhibition:
Modern Australian Painting

artwork Portrait of Maragaret Knox by Clifton Pugh

Clifton Pugh
Portrait of Maragaret Knox 1958
oil on board
signed and dated l.l.
134 x 90  cm

Provenance: Collection of Mrs Clifton Pugh, Victoria; Joseph Brown Gallery, 1972;
Private Collection, Melbourne, since then.
Exhibited: Contemporary Australian Portraits, Joseph Brown Gallery, 11 - 27 September 1972, no 4
Literature:
Andrew Grimwade and Geoffrey Dutton, Involvement - The Portraits of Clifton Pugh,
Sun Books, Melbourne 1968, p 40-41, illus plate 12
Reference: The Age, Patrick McCaughey, (Official) to pigs (unoffcial), not dated, but this is the 1972 review of the above Joseph Brown exhibition.

“Clifton Pugh: ‘[Margot Knox is] another woman I know very well. I’ve done two paintings of her – there is one in The Western Australian Art Gallery, Woman with Cats… It is interesting that both are very dark paintings because there was something in her at the time, something fierce and sharp. To me, this was a conception I had about her even though I knew her very well. The first one, as I said, I used the surround of cats to portray her character. This one was done later, and I think I’ve gone more directly to a very similar situation again. I’ve made it all dark, a bit cruel and savage. I think she has altered quite a lot now but in those days I felt she was a little emotionally insecure.’” Grimwade op cit p 40