May and Herbert Gibbs Collection

The 'Mother of the Gumnuts' was a creature of fashion

Your little 'Daught' [sic] in the latest!
May Gibbs, 1903

In her mid twenties, May packed her bags in South Perth and sailed for England to pursue her interest in art. It seems likely that this self-portrait, Your little 'Daught' [sic] in the latest!, was sent to her parents while she was there. This was an exciting time for May, she was industrious in her studies, stimulated by her new environment and, in spite of the cost of art materials, could occasionally indulge in a little retail therapy. Here she self-consciously parades the latest London fashion, displaying clothes, hat and gloves in clear preference to herself.