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An image of recto: (Kneeling figure)
verso: (Partial study of a leg) by Ian Fairweather

Ian Fairweather

(Scotland, Australia 29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974)

recto: (Kneeling figure) verso: (Partial study of a leg)
Place of origin
(circa 1922)
Media category
Materials used
sanguine on buff wove paper

24.8 x 23.9 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 1998
Accession number
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

This rare drawing was made by Ian Fairweather while he was a student at the Slade School in London between 1920 and 24. The Slade School had a strong focus on figure drawing, as the foundation of art, and promoted a formulaic approach to drawing the figure that emphasised anatomical correctness. Fairweather approached his subject with his characteristic lyricism and subtlety, suggesting form through tone rather than line, and reveal his comprehension of movement and structure.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Bibliography (4)

Philip Bacon, Ian Fairweather, Brisbane, 1984, 18.

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'The Slade School', pg. 14-17, Sydney, 2009, 15 (illus.), 245. figure no. 3; 3

Tim Fisher, The drawings of Ian Fairweather, Port Melbourne, 1997, 7 (illus.), 62.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, Sydney, 1999, 18 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Ian Fairweather (1984), Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, 18 May 1984–14 Jun 1984

The drawings of Ian Fairweather (1997-1998):

Australian Collection Focus: some recent acquisitions: - Nolan, Boyd, Fairweather, Rees (2010), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Oct 2010–09 Jan 2011