- 18 March 1895
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Cartoonist, Illustrator and Journalist
- Alternative Names
- Paterson, Betty (preferred name)
- Wltshire, Elizabeth (married name)
Betty Paterson and her sister Esther were prodigies born into the elite of Melbourne's bohemian set. Father (Hugh) and uncle (John Ford) were both artists and her first playmates were her neighbours, the children of Frederick McCubbin.
Art impinged upon every facet of her life throughout its entire course. Her Art Deco cartoons were published regularly in magazines such as The Bulletin and Aussie. Her illustrated interpretations of 'permissive' 1920s society resonated with those she depicted - she became artist-by-appointment to the flappers.
Betty Paterson married twice, and had one child, a daughter, Barbara.