Doris Boyd

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Doris Boyd
Born Doris Lucy Eleanor Bloomfield Gough
(1888-11-20)20 November 1888
Died 13 June 1960(1960-06-13)
Nationality Australian
Education National Gallery School
Known for Pottery
Spouse(s) Merric Boyd (m. 1915)

Doris Lucy Eleanor Bloomfield Boyd (20 November 1888[1] – 13 June 1960) (née Gough) was an Australian artist, active as a painter and ceramicist. She married Merric Boyd, a potter and painter.

The Boyd family artistic dynasty includes painters, sculptors, architects and other arts professionals, commencing with Doris Boyd's father-in-law Arthur Merric Boyd; and Merric Boyd's brothers Penleigh, a landscape artist, and Martin, a writer. Merric Boyd's sister was painter Helen Read. Doris and Merric Boyd raised noted Australian artists including painters Arthur and David, and sculptor Guy. Their daughter, Mary, married artist John Perceval, and later Sydney Nolan. Subsequent generations of the Boyd family are or were active in the arts.


Doris Boyd was the youngest of six children, born of Victorian Naval Forces Lieutenant Thomas Bunbury Gough and Evelyn Anna Walker Gough (née Rigg). Doris grew up in an unusual household, in which her mother’s buoyant spirit, radical politics and Christian Science faith contrasted with her father’s conservative background and temperament. Bunbury Gough was a Lieutenant in the Victorian Navy between 1885 and 1888, a high rank in the Victorian Navy at the time. As Lieutenant, he was in charge of the running of the HMVS Cerberus when the Commander (the highest rank in the Navy) was not on board. Outside of his naval career in Victoria he variously worked as a merchant, as an insurance agent and as a commission agent like his father-in-law. Evelyn was co-proprietor of The Sun: A Society Courier.[2][3]

Boyd studied under Bernard Hall and Frederick McCubbin at the National Gallery School where she met William "Merric" Boyd, a fellow student and potter. They married in 1915. Doris decorated much of Merric Boyd's works between 1920 and 1930; mostly pieces for domestic use, where Australian flora and fauna were often used as decorative tools.[4] The Boyd's Murrumbeena workshop was destroyed by fire in 1926.[5] Merric Boyd worked commercially and was able to provide for his family as he and Doris raised painters Arthur and David, and sculptor Guy; and their daughter Mary. Mary married artist John Perceval, and later Sydney Nolan.[3]

With a strong faith in Christian Science, Doris influenced the epileptic[5] Merric to convert in his latter years. She died on 13 June 1960, nine months after the death of her husband, Merric.[4]


  1. ^ Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Certificate 7962
  2. ^ Joy, Shirely. "Thomas Bunbury Gough". Victorian Naval Forces Muster for the Colony of Victoria (1853-1910). Friends of the Cerberus Inc. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Niall, Brenda (2002). The Boyds. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. ISBN 0-522-84871-0. 
  4. ^ a b Tipping, Marjorie J. "Boyd, William Merric (1888–1959)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Smith, Sue (1999). "Arthur Boyd (1920-1999): An obituary". Grafico Topico. Retrieved 19 May 2013.