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Bonfire in the bush


Grace Cossington Smith


1892 - 20 Dec 1984



(circa 1937)

Media category


Materials used

oil on paperboard


44.7 x 36.5 cm board; 59.9 x 47.6 x 3.8 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, black ink "G. Cossington Smith". Not dated.


Gift of Patrick White 1973

Accession number


Artist information

Grace Cossington Smith

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Deborah Hart, Grace Cossington Smith, 'Cultural landscapes', pg. 56-75, Canberra, 2005, 56 (colour illus.), 57, 104, 178.

Helen Hewitt, Voices, 'Patrick White: painter manqué', pg. 61-70, Canberra, Winter 1997, 68.

Helen Verity Hewitt, Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, 'White and the Sydney Art World: I', pg. 44-53, Carlton, 2002, xi, following 48 (colour illus.), 49, 116-119, 151.

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Grace Cossington Smith', Sydney, 1976, (illus.). 32; not paginated

Macquarie Galleries, Pioneer contemporaries: Roy de Maistre, Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin, Sydney, 1960. 18; dated 1930

Drusilla Modjeska, Stravinsky's lunch, 'To Paint What She Saw: Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 203-334, Sydney, 1999, (colour illus.). plate no. 34

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Patrick White, art patron', pg. 27, Sydney, Nov 2004, 27.

Ann Proudfoot, An expanded view: the Mary Turner Collection at Orange Regional Gallery, 'An expanded view', pg. 5-23, Orange, 2011, 19, 122.

Alan Sisley, Central Western Daily, 'Colourful characters from a shady past', n.pag., Orange, 29 Oct 2011, n.pag. (colour illus.). Article relates to the exhibition 'An expanded vision: Mary Turner collection' held at Orange Regional Gallery in 2011.

Virginia Spate, Art Monthly Australia, 'Amazing Grace: Thoughts inspired by the Grace Cossington Smith exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra', pg. 22-30, Canberra, Aug 2005, 27.

Patrick White, Patrick White's Choice, Sydney, Dec 1981. 5