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An image of Bonfire in the bush by Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Bonfire in the bush
(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
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
20th & 21st c Australian art
Bibliography (11)

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, Newtown, 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, Acton, Aug 2005, 27.

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

Exhibition history (7)

Pioneer contemporaries: Roy de Maistre, Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 23 Nov 1960–02 Dec 1960

Aspects of Australian art: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1976, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1976–1977

Patrick White's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 1981–31 Jan 1982

Images of Sydney and Environs 1850-1950 (1985), New South Wales House, London, Mar 1985–May 1985

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition (2005):

An expanded vision: Mary Turner collection, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 27 Aug 2011–30 Oct 2011