Sophie Steffanoni (1873-1906) Australia

Biographical Information

Sophia Elizabeth Steffanoni was born in Pitt Street, Sydney, the second daughter of Lewis Steffanoni, an embroiderer by trade, whose business made regalia, flags, badges, vestments and trappings for regiments, yacht clubs and Masonic and ecclesiastical organizations, as well as governors' uniforms and numerous elaborate illuminated addresses.

Sophie learned embroidery at her father's business, and at age 13, her embroidery was exhibited at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London. After completing High School, she joined the family business as a full-time designer and embroiderer.

In 1891 she won the prize for watercolour painting at the National Juvenile Industrial Exhibition. At the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, United States of America, in 1893 she exhibited an Australian Coat of Arms in gold bullion, winning a medal.

From 1895 to 1903 Sophie's pictures featured regularly in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Art Society. She spent several summers painting in Tasmania with Kate Cowle and in Melbourne with Jane Sutherland.

In 1901 Sophie's work in the R.A.S.'s Federation Exhibition received favourable reviews:

By 1903 her reputation was established and her painting, 'Paradise Hill, Blackheath', was depicted in the Sydney Mail with others by Fred Leist, Sydney Long, George Collingridge, Dattilo Rubbo and Lister.

In the early 1900s ill health confined her to her home in North Sydney, where she died of tuberculosis in November 1906.

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Market Information

The Incoming Tide 1898
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The Incoming Tide 1898
Oil on canvas on board, 12 x 24 cm
The Sunday Art Auction, Leonard Joel, Melbourne.
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The Garden of Sleep (Rockwood Cemetery) 1898
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The Garden of Sleep (Rockwood Cemetery) 1898
Oil on canvas, 19 x 39 cm
Fine Art, Leonard Joel, Melbourne.
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Coastal Scene
Oil on canvas laid down on board, 12.1 x 24.1 cm
Australian and European Paintings and Sculpture, Christies, Sydney.
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Coastal Scene
Oil on canvas laid down on board, 24.1 x 12.1 cm
Australian Paintings, Christies, Melbourne.
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