(Portrait of a boy) c1916
oil on board
signed lower right
Sydney Moderns Art for a New World, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2013, (catalogue p39)
Art & Australia, Vol. 36, No. 4, 1999, p536.
Manning was a student of Rubbo's from c1915 onwards. She is mentioned in a review of the 1916 Royal Art Society Exhibition along with Rubbo and Wakelin: 'Mr Rubbo has joined the pointillists and has dragged two students at least, Mr Wakelin and Miss Tempe Manning, after him. The three of them splash merrily with spots of crimson and green and vermilion and yellow and the results are certainly amazing.' (Quoted by Bernard Smith in Australian Painting OUP, 1962). Reference: Tempe Manning, The Lost Modernist by Lesley Harding, Art & Australia, Vol. 36, No. 4, 1999.Manning virtually disappeared from the Sydney art scene in the early 1920s, when she returned to the family home in Bowral. Her output between 1922 and the late 1930s appears to be meagre. However she painted a series of watercolours and oils of the streets in The Rocks in January 1927. These watercolours include titles such as Princes St, Clarence St, The Hero of Waterloo and Bee Hive Hostel. She died August 1960. She had still been living in the Southern Highlands of NSW and there was an estate sale there in 1989 (Heronswood Fine Art at Sutton Farm Stables Loft Gallery).