Valerie Lazarus (1901-1988)
Lazarus was a Sydney based painter of Jewish descent. Her works were often oil paintings depicting landscapes of Sydney or portraits of her friends and prominent Jewish identities. She studied with Julian Ashton and was featured gracing the society pages of the Sydney Morning Herald in 1937 at one of his exhibition openings. She was prolific throughout the 1930s, contributing to many exhibitions in various galleries around Sydney. It seems that she almost exclusively exhibited with other women. In 1939, she was appointed a director of the board of the Benevolent Society, a charity that still runs successfully today.