Edward (Tiger) De Closay (1859-1928) Australia

Biographical Information

Ernest 'Tiger' de Closay, was a Mauritian-born painter, etcher and commercial artist who at age 41 came from India to New South Wales in 1900.

He trained in oils and watercolours. Originally he studied in Paris at the Beaux Arts French Academy under such distinguished painters as Jerome, Bougereau, and Paul Galant , later becoming the first official artist in Bombay, India. There he taught art and some of his earlier work includes oil paintings of oriental and classical subjects painted in the 1890s. He painted many Indian scenes and portraits and while in India he worked as a teacher, painter, etcher and commercial artist.

After the death of his parents he moved from India and settled in Sydney, where he set up a house and studio in Darlinghurst,

Tiger was a designer of postcards as well as being a member of the 'Australian Painter Etchers Society', exhibiting at the third annual exhibition of the Society in Sydney in July 1923. Here he painted many nude studies, along with assorted landscapes, portraits and frescoes for churches.

He also completed six full sets of travel cards and a portion of another set for the New South Wales Bookstall Co.'s 'Art Series'. These included the 'Fairy Butterfly' series and the series of postcards of state shields supported by women in classical robes. E T deClosay also completed a number of assorted works under the name Tiger.

Note: E. T. deClosay's full name was 'Ernest Henri Leopold Pierre De Closets D’errey', but he used the shortened anglicised name of Ernest Tiger deClosay and often signed his paintings as E T deClosay, or Tiger, as the family knew him. His baptismal name was Ernest Henri Leopold de Closets, presumably anglicised to de Closay when he came to Australia from India.

Supplied by researcher Ken Morrison

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Oil on canvas, 40 x 25.5 cm
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Works on Paper62A$2,185 N/A

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