ELAINE ALYS HAXTON 1909-1999 Village House, Narauki 1943 Oil on board Signed, dated and titled lower right 49 by 59.5 cm Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne Reference: Coombes, P., Elaine Haxton; A Biography - Achievement in Paint and Print, Communications Programs Pty Ltd, Elizabeth Bay, 1990 Illus. Pg. 57 Born in Melbourne in 1909, Elaine Haxton moved to Sydney with her family while still young. Studies at the East Sydney Technical College were supplemented by work in the studio of Rayner Hoff, before Haxton moved to London for work and study at the Grosvenor School in 1932. Haxton#s time in the United Kingdom was curtailed by the start of World War Two, which forced the artist to return to Australia through the United States and Mexico. It was during this period that she painted images of young Mexican children, including Pablo and Chico (1941, Art Gallery of New South Wales collection). Young Aboriginal Girl was painted over twenty years later, when Haxton had established a wide-ranging career in Australia across the fields of advertising, illustration and set and costume design. This sense of theatre informs Young Aboriginal Girl: the child sits cross-legged in front of a dramatically striated, ochred background. The girl#s aboriginality is emphasised and made unambiguous by the artist through the tribal patterning on the fish and the boomerang-like shapes surrounding her.