An accomplished painter from an early age, Eleanor Gude, or Nornie as she was known, took up her studies at the age of 15 before going on to win the prestigious MacRobertson Scholarship in 1934 and the NGV Travelling Scholarship in 1941, reputedly the first woman to do so.
Eleanor Constance (Nornie) Gude was born in 1915 at Ballarat. Very advanced in painting at a young age, Gude was accepted into the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School at the age of 15. She completed her Ballarat studies between 1932 and 1936, winning the MacRobertson Scholarship in 1934. Gude then studied at Melbourne’s National Gallery School winning the NGV Travelling Scholarship in 1941.
Gude’s husband, Scott Pendlebury was also a painter and her children Anne and Andrew became an actor and musician respectively (see original DAAO entry) .
The work of Nornie Gude is represented in collections such as the Art Gallery of Western Australia; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Bendigo Art Gallery; Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum; Geelong Art Gallery; National Gallery of Victoria; and the University of Ballarat Art Collection.