Roy Jules Henry Rousel

Roy Rousel Born: 1897- Died: 1986

Roy and his brother Harold took over the family business of ‘Rousel Studio’s’, which specialised in Sign and Poster art after Roy’s father Henry Rousel died in 1929. Roy was described as the Manager of the business.

Roy later earned an international reputation as a portrait artist. He had studied at evening classes conducted by the Royal Art Society of New South Wales under instructors Norman Carter, Antonio Datillo-Rubbo and James R Jackson while he completed his sign writing apprenticeship with his father. He twice won the Society’s scholarship for drawing.

From 1935-1938 he studied at the Slade School in London as well as the Royal Academy. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Portrait Society, the London Portrait Society, the Paris Salon and the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Rousel was Vice-President of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales and a member of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In Australia his work is held in the Art Gallery of News South Wales, the Australian War memorial and other public collection (PowerHouse Museum, Paul Wilson & Jill Chapman, Nov 07).

Rousel is well-known for his screenprint posters promoting tourism in the Blue Mountains in the 1950s, which are also extremely collectible. He was also a resident of the Blue Mountains, purchasing ‘Rosedale’ in October 1948 in Hartley Valley, which is a beautiful colonial property built in 1839.

Overall Rousel was a very competent and established artist, who also had a fondness for the Blue Mountains.