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An image of A view of the harbour by Donald Friend

Donald Friend

(Australia 06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989)

A view of the harbour
Media category
Materials used
pen and black and red ink, watercolour, gouache, pastel on buff wove paper

47.0 x 64.3 cm sheet; 66.6 x 84.5 x 3.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pen and black ink ".../ Donald Friend". Not dated.
Purchased 1981
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

Donald Friend's most notable achievements are to be found among his works on paper. Made shortly after the artist returned to live in Sydney for good in 1981, this lyrical watercolour of Sydney Harbour was part of a new series of works that included views of the harbour and the city, continuing a long-broken association with the city of his birth and formative years as an artist.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (6)

Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Suburb', pg. 71-72, Glebe, 2000, 120 (colour illus.).

Christine France, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Donald Friend / Margaret Olley', pg. 128-139, Sydney, 2002, 132 (colour illus.), 143, 147.

Lou Klepac, Donald Friend: a charmed life, Canberra, 2006. Checklist of works.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, 'Introduction: Painting in watercolour', pg. 8-16, Sydney, 1995, 92 (colour illus.), 123. 82

Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 119 (colour illus.). 98

Gavin Wilson, Harbourlife, Sydney, 2007, 56, 47 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (5)

Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:

Suburb, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 15 Apr 2000–23 Jul 2000

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003

Donald Friend: A charmed life, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 09 Nov 2006–04 Feb 2007

Harbourlife: Sydney Harbour from the 1940s to recent times: