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painter. At a Smoke Night for the Art Society of NSW in September 1897, it was reported: 'But to draw lightning sketches, with all the disadvantages of brown paper, in front of a gallery of critics, and gain not only a favourable verdict but a storm of cheers – that is something of which to be proud; and so Messrs A.R. Coffey, Perry, Spence, Leon Pole, G. Taylor , and Salvana are to be complimented on that often mentioned but seldom realised event – an artistic success’ ( Sydney Morning Herald 13 September 1897, 3).

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