Jane Sutherland (1853-1928), Australian Landscape Painter
Jane Sutherland was born in New York. In 1864 the family arrived to Australia and in 1870 to Melbourne where her father became a drawing instructor with the Department of Education. The Sutherlands played a distinguished role on education and arts scene of Melbourne.
Jane studied at the National Gallery School of Design and in 1883 she was awarded the Robert Wallen prize of five guineas at the annual students' exhibition.
Jane Sutherland was the leading female artist in the group of Melbourne painters and a pioneer of the plein-air movement in Australia, she was notable for her advocacy to advance the professional standing of women artists. In 1900 she and May Vale were the first women elected as Councilors of the Victorian Artists' Society. Jane suffered a stroke in 1904. Her younger brother William helped her to move around and she continued to produce small works in oils and pastel, to exhibit and give art lessons. William's death in 1911 brought an end to her mobility and to her career.